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THE ORIENTAL WONDERS OF CHINA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA & INDIA

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China, Japan, South Korea & India

Welcome Scenic has more than 30 years’ experience creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys for our guests. We are a proudly Australian founded company and have introduced itineraries that travel to over 60 countries and visit every continent on Earth. Our guests are at the forefront of all we do, from the creation of our once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences to the extensive range of Scenic Freechoice activities and dining options. We aim to deliver the best experience possible to create memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll find the Scenic difference is in the details. Our customdesigned itineraries have set the benchmark in 5-star luxury escorted land journeys. Enjoy the finest accommodation and transport complemented by all-inclusive sightseeing and the services of a dedicated Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides. Join us in 2020/2021 to explore the wonders of China, Japan, South Korea and India in luxury. Whatever destination you choose, we look forward to welcoming you on one of our exceptional journeys.


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DISCOVER The Far East has always conjured an image of mystical and exotic faraway lands, shrouded in mystery and allure. Embark on a memorable journey of enlightenment and discover the different cultures, geological wonders and innovative spirit of the people of China, Japan and South Korea.

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Takayama Shirakawa-go Five Lakes (Mt Fuji area) Matsumoto Tokyo Kyoto Hakone Nagoya Himeji Nara Hiroshima Osaka Miyajima Island Fukuoka Nagasaki

Great Wall of China Beijing

Dunhuang Jiayuguan

Incheon

Zhangye

Gwangju Xi’an

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

Jiuzhaigou (Nine Villages Valley)

TIBET

Suzhou

Chengdu Shangri-la (Zhongdian) Lijiang

Chongqing

Seoul Gyeongju Busan Jinhae

Zhujiajiao

Yangtze

Lhasa

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Yichang

Shanghai Hangzhou

Zhangjiajie Kunming

Guilin

Yangshuo

Guangzhou

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Japan

South Korea

With a history that dates back more than 5,000 years, China is a fascinating blend of the modern and the ancient, boasting both manmade wonders and dramatic natural landscapes. From the Great Wall to the Forbidden City; the Nine Villages Valley to Lhasa, this is a land where cultures, timelines and possibilities converge in one wonderful panorama.

Comprising over 3,000 islands steeped in history, Japan is at the same time a glittering industrial powerhouse. Immerse yourself in its many contrasts, from the bright lights of its cities to serene rural sanctuaries. Here, time is still allocated to ancient disciplines and time-honoured rituals, even in the familiar rush of daily modern life.

Tucked away between the cuttingedge world of Japan and the isolated land of North Korea is a treasure trove of glimmering jewels known as South Korea. Mystical ancient temples, rolling tea plantations, charming fishing villages, yellow fields of rapeseed flowers, and cities that never sleep, everywhere you turn you’ll find a new gem.


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Tour Overview China Duration

14 Day 11/19 Day 17/18/27 Day 18/26 Day

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Destinations

China Express

Tour & Cruise

Beijing > Shanghai

CHEY

Grand China

Tour & Cruise

Beijing > Shanghai

CHPA/CHGC

Silk Road and Tibet Discovery

Tour & Cruise

Beijing > Chengdu

CHSC/CHBC/CHJW

Amazing China

Tour & Cruise CHNW/CHEW

Beijing > Shanghai

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Japan Duration

14 Day

Tour/Cruise & Code

Destinations

Japan in Focus

Tour

NEW

JPTO

Tokyo > Osaka

18 Day

Allure of Japan

Tour

NEW

JPKT

Fukuoka > Tokyo

20 Day 17 Day

Allure of Japan with Snow Monkeys

NEW

Tour

Fukuoka > Tokyo

JPKT

Essential Japan

Tour JPES

Tokyo > Osaka

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South Korea Duration

10 Day

Tour/Cruise & Code

Destinations

The Soul of South Korea

Tour

NEW

SKSK

Seoul > Seoul

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Grand Asia Duration

14/14/27 Day

Tour/Cruise & Code

Destinations

Tour & Cruise

North Asian Odyssey

CHEY/JPTO/CHJP

Beijing > Osaka

24 Day

Japan & South Korea In Focus

NEW

China & South Korea Express

NEW

Tour JPSK

Tokyo > Seoul

23 Day

Tour & Cruise CHSK

Beijing > Seoul

25 Day 26/31 Day

Luxury Mekong & Japan in Focus

NEW

Tour & Cruise

Siem Reap > Osaka

VIJP

Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey

Tour & Cruise

Hanoi > Shanghai

VSCH/VICH

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North India North India’s landscape is as diverse as the many people and cultures that make up this intriguing region. From palaces once occupied by Maharajahs to the holy Ganges River, Bengal tigers and some of the most delicious food on earth, there’s no end to the incredible experiences that await across North India.

Embark on a memorable journey of enlightenment and discover the culture, natural wonders and people of India.

South India The Indian motto of ‘go with the flow’ is never more apt than in sultry South India. The spiritual soul of the subcontinent can be found among the thousands of temples. From the lush Kerala Backwaters to the great temple town of Madurai, a journey to South India will capture your heart.

Haryana Gurgaon

Rajasthan

Delhi

Jaisalmer Nagaur

Agra

Jaipur Jodhpur Pushkar

Uttar Pradesh Jhansi

Ranthambore Narlai National Park Ranakpur Udaipur

Orchha Varanasi Khajuraho

Madhya Pradesh

Aurangabad Mumbai

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Maharashtra

Goa

Karnataka Bangalore (Bengaluru) Bekal

Chennai Mamallapuram Puducherry

Mysore (Mysuru) Coorg Kabini

Kerala

Tamil Nadu

Tanjore (Thanjavur)

Trichy (Tiruchirappalli ) Kochi Kumarakom

Chettinad (Karaikudi) Madurai

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Tour Overview North India Duration

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Destinations

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Golden India

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Delhi > Delhi

INDG

India’s Royal Heritage

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Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai

INDD

Jewels of India

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Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai

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South India Duration

16/29 Day 26 Day 16 Day 16 Day

Destinations

Tour & Code

Grand Discovery of India

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Delhi > Kochi

INSD/INGD

Southern India Odyssey

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Bangalore > Chennai

INSO

Southern India Discovery

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Bangalore > Kochi

INSD

Colours of South India

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Kochi > Chennai

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South East Asia River Cruising Duration

13 Day 14 Day

Destinations

Tour/Cruise & Code

Treasures of the Mekong

Tour & Cruise

Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City

VIMS.2

Mystical Irrawaddy

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Yangon > Yangon

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2020/2021 Scenic Special Offers

FLIGHTS INCLUDED

Book any journey to China or India for 21 days or longer or any multi-country combination tours to enjoy included economy flights including taxes.

SAVE UP TO

$2,510

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COMPANION FLIGHTS INCLUDED

Book any journey to China, Japan, South Korea or India of 10 to 20 days and receive Companion flights included including taxes.

SAVE UP TO

$1,270

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Fly Business Class* Offer 1 Book any journey to China over 21 days and fly Business Class from $2,895* per person including taxes of up to $620 per person.

Offer 2 Book any journey to Japan of 10 to 20 days and fly Business Class from $3,195* per person including taxes of up to $620 per person.

Offer 3 Book any journey to a multi-country combination tours and fly Business Class from $3,995* per person including taxes of up to $620 per person.

Early Booking Bonus Offers These offers can be combined with your flight offer and must be booked by 31 January 2020 or until sold out.

Early Booking Discount

$200

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Free Yangzi Explorer Cabin Upgrade ^

Book any journey to China departing after 01 July 2020 and receive a complimentary cabin upgrade on board Yangzi Explorer.

*See table for other destinations. Please refer to back cover for terms and conditions


When you book one of our Scenic Earlybird offers you can be assured that you’ll not only enjoy the best price available, you’ll also receive the added benefit of first choice on departure dates and itineraries. To access these great savings, simply book by 31 January 2020. These deals will sell out quickly, so act now to secure your preferred travel dates.

Book now and save

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Select your preferred journey.

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Choose the date you would like to travel.

It’s easy to book now and save. Simply follow our quick two-step process and you’ll soon be enjoying the holiday of a lifetime. Scenic Earlybirds – B ook by 31 January 2020 or until sold out Itinerary China - Book any journey of 10 to 20 days

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Economy Class Flights

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Japan - Book any journey of 10 to 20 days

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South Korea - Book any journey of 10 to 20 days

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FLY FROM $3,595 PER PERSON

India - Book any journey of 10 to 20 days

COMPANION FLIGHTS INCLUDED

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India - Book any journey for 21 days or longer

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Multi Destination Tour (CHJP, JPSK, CHSK, VIJP, VSCH/VICH)

FLIGHTS INCLUDED

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Book by 31 January 2020 Strictly limited space available on set departures


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THE SCENIC LUXURY EXPERIENCE

At Scenic, we’ve combined the ease of luxury travel with a selection of journeys that offer you a true insight into the culture, landscape and history of the regions you visit.

Our handcrafted 5-star journeys feature the very best inclusions and a host of memorable moments. When you travel with Scenic, everything is taken care of. Our expert staff, from Tour Directors to local guides, will go above and beyond to make your experience unforgettable. That’s not to say choice is taken away from you. Wherever you go, there are countless experiences and activities to choose from – and of course, they’re all included. From 5-star accommodation, cruises and dining, to transfers and even tipping, every Scenic journey delivers excellence on every level.


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Scenic Enrich Our seasoned Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of unique experiences that will be among the highlights of your journey. Enjoy a romantic dinner at candlelit step well, releasing sacred offerings on the Ganges, discover the world of a Geisha and sumo wrestlers and prepare food for endangered Giant pandas.

Scenic Freechoice You can choose between a vast range of activities, sightseeing and dining experiences to ensure you only see what you want to see and do what you want to do, at a tempo that suits you. From history to culture, cuisine to nature, there’s a wealth of options for everyone.

See pages 14-15 for details.

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Hotels From luxury resorts in scenic locations to iconic hotels in bustling cities, across China, Japan, South Korea and India you’ll enjoy the very best accommodation available wherever you stay with Scenic. Our hotels are selected on more than reputation alone, rather on a combination of location, character and ambience to ensure your hotel stay is truly reflective of your destination.

See pages 16-17 for details.

Cruising In China we partner with Sanctuary Retreats and cruise the Yangtze on the boutique Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. On board you can look forward to activities exclusive to Scenic, such as a bridge tour and private shore excursions along with other included regular activities. You’ll also enjoy complimentary wine and beer with each lunch and à la carte dinner. Embrace the relaxed pace of the Kerala Backwaters on a traditional houseboat known as Kettuvallam, thatched roof rice barges, that have been converted into luxurious air-conditioned houseboats.

Wildlife Safaris One of the great experiences in life is to witness the giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. In India, enjoy the magnificence of luxury safari camps and accommodation across a range of wilderness areas, including tiger conservation parks where seeing a Bengal tiger at close quarters is a thrill unlike any other. In addition to tigers, you can spot leopards, elephants, bison, a vast variety of deer and more.

The Nth Degree When you travel with Scenic, everything is taken care of, including transfers and tipping. All our transport, whether it’s by coach or rail, is of the highest standard. We use local guides as we believe nobody knows an area like someone who lives there. Our tours will not only show you the highlights but the hidden gems that only a local knows.

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5-STAR LUXURY With Scenic, perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey.

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The intimacy of smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests Scenic Enrich – unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted evening drinks in memorable locations Scenic Freechoice – a choice of activities and dining options throughout your journey Scenic Special Stays – iconic hotels remarkable for their location, character and heritage Private Deluxe Balcony Cabin on board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer cruise Private Scenic shore excursions and exclusive on board activities on your Yangtze cruise Business/1st Class high speed train travel in Japan, China and South Korea All internal flights Welcome and farewell receptions with complimentary drinks Fully escorted touring Expert handpicked Tour Directors and local guides Personal audio headsets for commentary in China, Japan, South Korea and India A Scenic representative to assist you on your arrival and departure Return airport transfers

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Banyan Tree Yangshuo, China Adam Burke, Scenic Journey Designer Small groups of no more than 24 guests Oberoi AmarvilĂŁs, Agra, Scenic Special Stay & Sundowners locations 5-star service

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Enrich Our Scenic Enrich encounters take you behind the scenes to enjoy private access and special moments you will treasure forever. A

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There are not many places where you get the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Indian dinner in a candlelit 1,100-year-old step well. In Narlai that’s just what you’ll experience.

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Qujiang Museum, Xi’an, China Private dinner with a Maiko, Kyoto, Japan Samurai Kembu training, Japan Champagne Fort tour, Jodhpur, India Origami paper cranes, Hiroshima’s Peace Park, Japan

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To truly immerse yourself in any land, or connect with the local people, it’s not enough to merely visit the sights, or marvel at the attractions, however wondrous they may be. Scenic Enrich experiences are not only likely to be completely unforgettable, they’ll also enrich your understanding and appreciation of the incredible places, cultures and histories you’ll encounter. In China, tour a private museum after hours with the curator and a beverage in hand or interact with the Giant pandas as part of the Panda Volunteer Training Program in Chengdu. Enjoy a private dinner with a Maiko in Japan and discover exactly what’s involved in becoming a Geisha. Partake in traditional customs and activities, such as origami donation at Hiroshima’s Peace Park or learning to play Taiko drums. Visit the Sumo Museum to experience a private sumo demonstration and learn the discipline of the samurai sword. In South Korea, you’ll experience hands on activities such as Bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping cloth, and crafting your own mini Gayageum, a well-known zither-like 12-string Korean musical instrument. In India, enjoy an exclusive evening Champagne walking tour of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, or witness the preparation of a typical Chettinad wedding feast before appreciating a private Bharattnatayam classical dance performance. These are just some of the unique experiences that will make your journey truly unforgettable.

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Each guest is different, so we appreciate that you may want to move at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll want to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo, or you may wish to truly unwind throughout. We’ve divided our extensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities into active, moderate and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests. Active – For the more adventurous, keen to explore further afield or take part in more energetic excursions. Moderate – A comfortable walking pace at which you can easily discover a beautiful city, temple or marketplace. Relaxed – A slower pace to enjoy a show or performance or a class.

Learn about the pillars of Chinese culture, or pay homage to Tokyo’s Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine. Indulge in a private yoga lesson in India’s holiest city, Varanasi; learn the secrets of South Indian cooking in Kochi; or wander the abstract streets in Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan in South Korea. From visits to palaces and centuries-old temples, exploring silk markets or unveiling ancient traditions, to partaking in time-honoured rituals or Oriental cooking classes, Scenic Freechoice gives you the flexibility to pick the activities that suit your interests. You’ll also enjoy a wide array of dining options through Scenic Freechoice Dining, from an authentic Izakaya Bar dining experience in Tokyo to an Irish-style pub in Chengdu. Choose to dine in unique locations such as Jaipur’s Amber Fort or feast on Italian cuisine at a converted art gallery in South Korea. And of course, they’re all included in the price you pay upfront.


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Whether it’s casual or more formal dining, local or global cuisine, you’ll find all your needs catered to with a wealth of Scenic Freechoice Dining options. From Sichuan dishes to burgers in an Irish pub, Tibetan Thukpa to Japanese Hida Beef and elegantly prepared Italian fare in South Korea, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Every carefully selected hotel on our tours has been handpicked by our expert Journey Designer to ensure it offers an outstanding location and luxury.

Hotel Suryagarh, Jaisalmer, India Sundowners at Club lounge, The Westin Xi’an, Xi’an, China Brunton Boatyard, Cochin, India LOTTE Hotel Executive Tower, Seoul, South Korea

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Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort, experience old world opulence and modern luxury, an excellent selection of dining options, surrounded by extensive gardens and views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. InterContinental Lijiang is not only a world-class hotel, it’s also been designed to blend into its Old Town surroundings, and give you direct access to this truly charming part of town.

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Hotels You’ll find that the wonders of China, Japan, South Korea and India are even more delightful when you’re ensconced in the comfort and luxury of the region’s most prestigious hotels. You can look forward to some of the most lavish accommodation in the Orient, as well as truly outstanding levels of service. Whether you’re staying at the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, an iconic structure that once played host to diplomats and celebrities, or the InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort, located in the heart of the world-heritage listed Old Town, or The Westin Hotel Xi’an, which boasts its very own museum, you’ll benefit from both exceptional facilities and outstanding locations. In Yangshuo, the luxurious and traditionally designed Banyan Tree Resort offers stunning views of the magnificent karst landscape.

explore this amazing modern city.

In Japan, the accent is on design and innovation as much as it is on luxury and location. At the Capitol Hotel Tokyu, your rooms incorporate traditional Japanese-style architecture for a refined Japanese modern ambience overlooking a panoramic view of Tokyo city and Palace grounds. In Hakone, soak in the views over the beautiful gardens and Lake Ashinoko from Hotel de Yama. In Osaka, the Hilton Osaka and its Executive Floor rooms is the perfect location from which to

In Seoul, stay at the LOTTE hotel, your 5-star executive room located in the heart of Seoul and its UNESCO listed attractions. In Busan, soak in the view of the coastline of this port city from the Busan Paradise Hotel and in Gyeongju, stay at the Hilton Hotel, centrally located by the beautiful Lake Bomun.

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In India stay at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, or the eco-friendly Evolve Back Resorts in Coorg and Kabini. Enjoy authentic heritage accommodation at the former hunting lodge of Rawla Narlai or Ranvas in Nagaur Fort. Feel like royalty at the Taj Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur or the Suryagarh Jaisalmer. In Puducherry, stay at the Palais de Mahe, a tribute to the town’s French legacy, or relax at the colonial-style Brunton Boatyard in Kochi.

In select locations we feature Scenic Special Stays, iconic hotels remarkable for their location, character and heritage.

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers a range of facilities and creature comforts: • Most spacious cabins on any ship cruising the Yangtze River • All private balcony cabins with outdoor seating area • Only 124 guests, far less than other ships • A more intimate cruise with a 1:1 staffto-guest ratio • 24-hour access to on board doctor • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Explorer Bar • Unlimited complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner • All-inclusive meals program • Nightly entertainment including Captain’s reception and Taste of China Gala Dinner • Lectures about climate, culture and history on the Yangtze River • Gym, library, theatre and beauty salon

The world’s third longest river, the Yangtze provides you with the ideal platform to view the region’s rich array of wonders. In China, sail with our partner Sanctuary Retreats on the recently refurbished boutique Yangzi Explorer through the Three Gorges, a natural spectacle of sculpted cliffs and lushly forested banks. Enjoy fascinating excursions, with visits to the Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream and Fuling 816 Underground Project. On board, you’ll get the opportunity to discover many distinctive local arts, from Tai Chi to Chinese cooking classes, and even calligraphy, Mahjong and silk embroidery workshops. With your choice of fine cuisine, and evenings of traditional music and colourful local dance, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in all that Chinese culture has to offer.

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Southern India’s Kerala Backwaters are a unique network of canals and lakes linked by 44 rivers to create an uninterrupted water navigation system stretching over 450 kilometres. The only way to truly explore this lush world is by staying overnight on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional houseboat. Originally a thatched roof rice barge, these vessels have been converted into luxurious air-conditioned houseboats. Offering a unique way to explore the tranquil backwaters, you’ll have the chance to stop along the route to meet the locals before returning to feast on delicious local specialities prepared on board. Voted one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime by National Geographic Traveller, after spending a night on board in this unique region, we are sure you’ll agree.

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Three Gorges, Yangtze River, China Houseboat, Kerala, India Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Deluxe Cabin, China Kerala Backwaters, India

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A visit to India is not complete without exploring the natural wonders of the national parks. Ranthambore National Park is situated deep in the heart of Rajasthan. This former hunting ground of the Maharajahs of Jaipur has been transformed into a major wildlife attraction. Spend two nights in the glorious surrounds of the Oberoi Vanyavilas, where luxury camping is taken to a whole new level. Designed to honour the grand caravans that crossed the deserts during the times of the Raj, every ‘tent’ features deluxe bedding, air-conditioning, private courtyard and a host of other decadent features. Located in the southern state of Karnataka, Nagharhole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards and wild elephants. Your two night stay in a Jacuzzi Hut at the Evolve Back Resort in Kabini offers a wildlife experience like no other.

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Rail China, South Korea and Japan have state-of-the-art high-speed rail systems, and our itineraries allow you to enjoy both the Maglev and high-speed trains in China and South Korea, and of course Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen bullet trains. The high speed and Shinkansen bullet trains offer several advantages over air travel including more foot room than most economy flights, especially the 1st Class and Green Class (Business) seats. Not only can you expect a smooth ride, you’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy the wondrous scenery passing by, all the while barely conscious of the fact that you’re moving so fast.

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Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, India Maglev Train, Shanghai, China Jacuzzi Hut, Evolve Back Resort, Kabini, India Shinkansen bullet train, Japan


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The Nth Degree When you travel with Scenic you can be confident that we’ve thought about even the smallest details so you don’t have to. We go above and beyond, making your trip a truly carefree experience. A personal touch Travel in a small group of no more than 24 guests, to enjoy a more intimate travel experience. Our Tour Directors will remain with you throughout, even while cruising on the Yangtze River. They’re available every day, providing attentive service and are on hand for answering questions. In China, Japan, South Korea and India you’ll enjoy the use of our audio headsets, with a personal audio control so you can always hear our expert commentary. Travel in style Whether you’re travelling by road, ship or rail, you can look forward to first class or luxury standard transport with comfort and enjoyment in mind. Likewise, no effort has been spared to provide you with the best possible touring and convenient transport options – including some local varieties for an authentic experience. Local knowledge When it comes to guides and Tour Directors, we use experienced English speaking local experts. After all, nobody knows a location as well as someone who actually lives there. Not only can you expect to be taken to the must-see highlights at the right time, you’ll be treated to the delightful back streets, and those little-known gems that no one else is aware of such as your Izakaya Bar dining experience in Tokyo.

Convenience plus Our handcrafted itineraries are designed to ensure you don’t waste any valuable holiday time. We use specially arranged private buses in national parks, when possible, to avoid queues, VIP graded seats to all of our included evening shows, and VIP passes to attractions such as the Bailong Elevator in Zhangjiajie. Exclusive access Our Scenic Enrich experiences offer exclusive access and activities normally off limits to other tourists. When viewing national treasures such as ancient artefacts at Quijiang Museum of Fine Arts in Xi’an, we ensure you do so away from the crowds by arranging private viewings. You’ll also enjoy private and exclusive shows and performances throughout all journeys such as spending a culturally immersive evening with South Korea’s Martha Stuart, Lee Hyo-Jae. Included value As always you can look forward to enjoying Scenic’s trademark brand of luxury. Hidden costs are taken care of, and that includes all tipping and gratuities.

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Private tour with curator, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India VIP tickets to Bailong Elevator, Zhangjiajie, China Local expert Tour Directors Izakaya Bar dining with the locals, Tokyo, Japan

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China A true gem, China is a multi-faceted place with many glittering aspects. Whether you’d like to explore its many-layered history, its rich artistry, its unique collage of cultures, or its wealth of natural wonders, you’ll soon find yourself charmed and under its ancient spell.

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From the neon lights of Shanghai’s Pudong area to the cutting edge ingenuity of its high-speed trains, there’s a confidence in the China of today that belies the many struggles and challenges that it has overcome in its rise to global prominence. Modern China is certain to impress and inspire. To gain a true appreciation of all that it has to offer, you’ll need to delve beneath its often brash, modern exterior – to the colourful, and sometimes even profound, China that lies within. There’s simply no better way to do this than to explore the many incredible sensual experiences that make this land so unique. Sounds Immerse yourself in the Peking Opera and the other wonderful traditional music you’ll encounter. You’ll soon discover that, even with your eyes closed, China is quite unlike anywhere else.

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Sights Visit small historic towns and explore the vast Forbidden City and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Place. Marvel at the sight of Xi’an’s mighty army of Terracotta Warriors. Tastes China is renowned for its unique, world-class cuisine and you’ll be given every opportunity to take full advantage. From dumpling dinners to specially organised hot pot lunches, Peking duck to dim sum, you’ll find the food every bit as adventurous as the itineraries. Views Take in the vistas of the Great Wall of China and the Gobi Desert. Marvel at the magnificent karst pillars of Yangshuo and Zhangjiajie. Gaze at the pristine alpine lakes and scenery in Lijiang and Jiuzhaigou, and the sculpted cliffs of the inimitable Three Gorges.

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Japan From its ancient Samurai culture to present-day Japanese anime, the ‘land of the rising sun’ has always had its own unmistakable identity. You’ll find that same element of uniqueness in everything you come across in this proud and distinctive country, whether it’s glittering skyscrapers or ancient temples, snow-capped peaks or state-of-the-art entertainment complexes.

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Osaka Castle, Osaka Shinjuku, Tokyo Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto Snow Monkeys, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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The essence of modernity Explore the bright lights of Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo – the world’s most populated city – and marvel at the innovative technologies that distinguish them and Japan’s other modern meccas. Marvel at magnificent skyscrapers, travel on bullet trains that are the envy of the world, visit factories that set global standards for innovation and productivity, and retail precincts that offer every modern wonder imaginable. A place with history and spirit Discover a land where Samurai are still revered, not just in traditional corners, but in powerful corporations and bustling modern marketplaces. Delight in the simplicity of beautiful temples and serene gardens. Encounter authentic Geishas and Maikos (apprentice Geishas) and learn to master the art of Taiko drumming, Sarubobo mascot making and handcrafting sushi. You’ll get to learn about sumo wrestling and the Samurai, and bow before ancient shrines. Japan is a land of spirituality and tradition, and you’ll have every opportunity to embrace it all. Follow this link to explore Japan with Livinia Nixon from Getaway @ scenic.com.au/jpn22

Japanese traditional dress

Traditionally, Japanese men and women wore the kimono, the style of which has changed little since the Edo period. Still worn on formal occasions and festivals, it is likely you will see both women and men wearing either formal (montsuki) or lightweight summer (yukata) kimono during your stay. Try wearing a kimono during your Scenic Enrich experience in Kyoto.

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South Korea From one of the most heavily militarised borders in the world to designated ‘slow cities’, South Korea is a lovely surprise wrapped in culture, history and breathtaking natural beauty. The only thing that surpasses South Korea’s striking beauty is the graciousness of its locals.

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With a neighbour that is closely guarded and shut off from the rest of the world, South Korea is the most delightful paradox in the Korean peninsula. Here, people shop till the wee hours of the morning, lovers kiss under pink cherry blossoms, tranquil ‘slow cities’ exist, and heart-warming hospitality makes you feel right at home. South Korea is the holiday destination everyone deserves. The cities are a wonderful amalgamation of tradition and modernity while the countryside seems untouched by time. Green, hilly countryside, sub-tropical islands, high-tech cities, delicious cuisine, and 5,000-year-old culture, South Korea has many tricks up its sleeve to ensure each day of your holiday is memorable. With a transport network that works with clockwork precision, shuffling between big city lights and rural tranquility is a breeze in the Land of the Morning Calm. The past Over the years, the Korean peninsula has survived invasions by various forces, from the Manchus of East Asia in the

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17th century to the Japanese in the 20th century. The hard-fought Korean War of the 1950s has left tell-tale signs in the form of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea, the most heavily militarised border in the world. The still present Despite the bloody battle for its sovereignty, South Korea has safeguarded its centuries-old traditions and culture within the folds of everyday life. The eldest at the table always eats first, festivals are celebrated in the hanbok, skyscrapers share the horizon with hanoks, and children learn to play the traditional gayageum. The everlasting While Seoul’s ‘Gangnam style’ glitz has its own charm, South Korea’s eternal beauty is found in its breathtaking natural wonders. The hush of soft snow descending on flying eaves, a gentle shower of pink cherry blossoms, the cooling shade of lush green canopy and the rustling carpet of golden foliage, every season brings forth a new paradise.

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North India From the bustling capital city of New Delhi to spiritual, soulful Varanasi with its ancient funeral ghats beside the sacred Ganges River, and the grandeur of the Raj palaces; North India is a land of incredible contrast that will leave you spellbound. Explore the famous Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Admire the beautiful Taj Mahal – a monument to love – at sunrise, discover the majestic forts and impressive palaces of Rajasthan, or relax by the shimmering Lake Pichola in Udaipur, and marvel at the light reflecting off marble-domed temples. Whether you’re witnessing moving performances and humbling ancient rituals or enjoying immersive cultural excursions, you’ll find there are not enough words to describe the sense of wonder you will feel during your holiday of a lifetime. Wildlife The region’s diverse landscape is a haven for a vast variety of wildlife, from the array of exotic and colourful birdlife to the Bengal tigers that stalk Ranthambore National Park, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

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Taste of India North Indian cuisine is renowned for its flavour and diversity. Staple dishes such as slow-cooked tandoori meats, flavourful samosas and rich aromatic vegetable dishes and kormas have made it a favourite around the globe. All colours of the rainbow Gold, blue, pink – North India is home to some of the world’s most colourful cities. From the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, so named for the blue-hued houses surrounding Mehrangarh Fort, to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, painted pink as the colour of hospitality, by Maharaja Ram Singh.

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Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur City Palace, Udaipur Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park Blue-hued house, Jodhpur

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South India Tropical and laid back, with lush coastlines and palm-lined beaches, South India is a complete contrast to the north. Whether you want to get back to nature, admire amazing architecture, delight your tastebuds or reconnect with your spiritual side, you’ll find South India offers plenty for everyone. Explore the fascinating Kerala Backwaters by houseboat and let your cares drift away as you soak up nature at its finest. Visit the cities of Bangalore and Mysore to learn more about their British colonial history, and Puducherry for its French history. As well as boasting the finest beaches in the country, South India is also home to the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations. These mountains also offer a refuge for all manner of wildlife, with sanctuaries and national parks such as Periyar, home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers, as well as an array of colourful birdlife. Temples in the sun Discover Madurai, one of South India’s greatest temple towns and one of its most important pilgrim sites. Over 2,500 years old, this extraordinary place will lift your soul as you explore the incredible Sri Meenakshi Temple and its more than 30,000 sculptures. As you journey around the many temples and places of worship across this deeply religious region, it will be hard to not let your soul fly free.

Spice of life South India is renowned for the quality and diversity of its spices, from cardamom and cassia (cinnamon) to tamarind and vanilla, which infuse many of its most popular dishes. Spicier and hotter than North Indian cuisine, spices such as pepper, cumin and chili feature alongside coconut in the traditional dishes of the south, including the delicious masala dosa.

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Local boy, Bekal, Kerala Elephant, Periyar National Park Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai Houseboat, Kerala Backwaters

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CHINA With dynamic cities, blossoming skylines and ultra-modern architecture everywhere — the China of today offers all the wonder of the new, while retaining the mystery of the old. It’s a very different land to the China of only a decade or two ago. Whether it’s the wisdom of the Orient that draws you, or the beauty of its landscape and its people, you’ll find that the charm of centuries of tradition endures. From Chinese towns that still whisper of dynasties past to Tibetan antiquities, there is so much here to discover, imbibe, and cherish.

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China’s must-see sights in one compact journey This insightful itinerary is designed for those short on time, but it’s not short on either substance or flavour. In just 14 days you’ll get to sample some of the very best this delectable land has to offer. Distil those aspects of China that make it such a delightful destination and you’ll end up enjoying a journey such as this one, a seminal tour of Asia’s most populated and influential nation, with all the essential ingredients included. You’ll be guided through three of the country’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing – with many of the must-sees included, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all on the table, including a cruise along the beautiful Yangtze River. 14 Day Tour & Cruise

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Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange. Meals: B.L.D

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Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, the last but largest of the summer palaces of the Chinese emperors. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Welcome to China. Begin your discovery with a welcome dinner of the famous Peking duck. Your home for the next three nights is the Pan Pacific Beijing, located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

Wander through Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and enter the mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home to experience what it would have been like to live in the Hutongs, before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.

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Yangtze River Cruise Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. Meals: B.L.D

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Chongqing > Xi’an Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo to see the rare and treasured Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into the historically located The Westin Xi’an for a three night stay.

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Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

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Yangtze River Cruise Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. Meals: B.L.D

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Enrich Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn firsthand about the restoration process. Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.


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Xi’an Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before settling into the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel for a three night Special Stay. Meals: B.L

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Shanghai Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens.

Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

Scenic Enrich experience Be treated to a private after hours viewing of over 2000 ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator, including seeing the world’s only gold suit of armour.

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Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Explore the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area and its unique 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

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Shanghai It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight. Meals: B

5-star luxury inclusions:

The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities 1 Scenic Sundowners event 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay 32 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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14 Day Itinerary Beijing > Shanghai 2020 Departures Twin share Mar 12 $8,390 Mar 26 $8,490 Apr 09 $9,190 May 07 $9,290 Sep 10 $9,390 Oct 22 $9,390

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Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Single upgrade pricing for the Yangtze cruise available on request. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Authentic China beckons From old timber houses on narrow cobblestone streets to cormorant fishermen using their fascinating techniques, this itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don’t get to witness first-hand. It’s the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai – a charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the time-honoured fashion. You’ll get to embrace natural wonders, from rivers that snake through beautiful rolling landscapes to striking limestone outcrops that evoke images of old Oriental water colour paintings. There’s something both strange and familiar about the places you’ll visit, at once thrillingly new and comfortingly recognisable. That is part of their allure, and their wonder.

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Visit a private section of the Forbidden City See the Terracotta Warriors with a curator Experience a private, after hours viewing at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Participate in the Panda Volunteer Training Program, Chengdu Enjoy Sundowners overlooking the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an Two night stay at the Banyan Tree Yangshuo Attend the Impression Liu Sanji Show in Yangshuo 5 day/4 night cruise on the Yangzi Explorer

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Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at The Exchange. Meals: B.L.D

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Yangtze River Cruise Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. Meals: B.L.D

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Yangtze River Cruise Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. Meals: B.L.D

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Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

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Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay at the Shangri-La Chengdu.

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Enrich A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them. Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple. Meals: B.L.D

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Chengdu > Xi’an Travel on the new High Speed Train to Xi’an and then explore the ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at historically located hotel, The Westin Xian.

Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Sundowners Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. Meals: B.L

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Xi’an > Guilin Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Guilin. Spend the evening at the elegant Shangri-La Guilin. Meals: B.D

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Guests on the 11 Day Pandas and Palaces tour (Tour code: CHPA) depart after breakfast today and transfer to Chengdu airport.

Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand at creating your own souvenir. This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

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Shanghai Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals: B.L

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Freechoice: Visit the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square, before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, before enjoying your farewell dinner. Sundowners Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar. Meals: B.D

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Shanghai It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years. Meals: B

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$115 $295 $1,195 $1,295

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Single upgrade pricing for the Yangtze cruise available on request. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Ancient China There are many jewels on this itinerary, from Beijing to the Gobi Desert, the mighty Yangtze River to the Tibetan Plateau, and some of the most captivating of them all are the jewels you’ll chance upon along the way. This journey is not about discovering Tibetan Buddhism, but it would be surprising if your encounter with this beautiful aspect of Tibet and Western China leaves you completely unmoved. From the Mogao Caves and grottoes to the Samye Monastery and Potala Palace, the outward beauty of Sino-Tibetan Buddhism is on full display on this itinerary. However, you can also look forward to so much more. Discover exciting Shanghai and delight in unique Xi’an. Indulge in China’s incredible cuisine and in the visual splendour of its greatest waterway. When all is done, you may find yourself changed by all you’ve seen and experienced, and that of course will be the finest jewel of all.

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See inside closed caves at Mogao Caves Ride a camel through the Singing Sand Dunes Visit Danxia National Geological Park Visit Jiaya Fortress and Pass and the Gobi Desert Visit Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilisation Witness the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show Stay three nights at the Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Enjoy Sundowners overlooking the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an

Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

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Wander through Tiananmen Square. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Meals: B.L

Day 04

Beijing > Dunhuang Fly to Dunhuang, a major stop along the Silk Road known as the ‘City of the Sands’. Check into the Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel for the next two nights. Tonight, visit the Shazhou Night Market. Meals: B.L.D

Day 05

Dunhuang Begin your exploration of the area starting with the Yadan Landform and Yumen and Yangguan Passes. Later this afternoon, ride a camel through the Singing Sand Dunes to the Crescent Moon

Spring, a crescent-shaped oasis sitting amongst the rolling sand dunes. Meals: B.L.D

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Stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Enjoy a special private afterhours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum and learn about the history of Shananxi Province from the museum’s curator. Sundowners Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

visit Zhujiajiao water town or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, enjoy time at leisure to shop on Nanjing Road.

Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Meals: B

Day 14

Shanghai > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise Take the high-speed train to Yichang to board the boutique Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

Day 15

Xi’an Visit a local painter’s home, famous for its rural peasant paintings. Learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family. Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show and dinner.

Yangtze River Cruise Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Continue sailing through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Meals: B.L.D

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Yangtze River Cruise

Day 07

Day 11

Glide up Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the Three Gorges.

Jiayuguan > Zhangye Visit the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall at the Jiayu Fortress and Pass. From the wall you will be able to see the Gobi Desert. After exploring the fortress, visit the Wei Jin Dynasty Mural Tomb and drive to Zhangye for an overnight stay at Zhangye Luzhou Holiday Hotel.

Xi’an > Shanghai

Meals: B.D

Guests on the 17 Day Tibet Discovery Tour (Tour code: CHSC) arrive in Shanghai today.

Meals: B.L.D

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Day 08

Shanghai

Zhangye > Xi’an Gaze in wonder at the Danxia National Geological Park’s multi-coloured rock formations before flying to Xi’an. Spend the next three nights at The Westin Xi’an. Meals: B.L

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Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Shanghai for a three night Special Stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Meals: B.L.D

Day 17

Yangtze River Cruise Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Meals: B.L.D

Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area and admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

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Guests on the 18 Day Silk Road Discovery Tour (Tour code: CHBC) depart after the afternoon tour of Chongqing today and transfer to Chongqing airport.

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Lijiang Explore Black Dragon Pool, then witness the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show. Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park for a gondola ride to Spruce Meadow. Meals: B.L

Lijiang > Lhasa

Meals: B.L.D

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Join pilgrims strolling along the holy Barkhor Circuit to Jokhang Temple and visit Tibet’s iconic Potala Palace. Enjoy a Tibetan dinner with traditional music and singing.

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Welcome to the rooftop of the world where you’ll spend four nights at Shangri-La Lhasa. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy an international buffet, Cantonese or Sichuan cuisine.

Travel to Samye Monastery and Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilisation, visiting local families en-route. Meals: B.L

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 15 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays 64 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 22 lunches (L) and 16 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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Enrich Experience an enchanting Day 22 encounter with rare Giant Lhasa panda cubs at the Dujiangyan Freechoice: Explore Drepung Panda Base. Monastery or visit the Chakpori Tonight, reminisce about your thousand-Buddha cliff stone holiday at your farewell dinner. carvings and Norbulingka. Meals: B.L.D Alternatively, visit Anitsamkung Nunnery and a local tea house. Day 27 Travel to Sera Monastery and Chengdu witness the daily debate on It’s time to bid farewell to the doctrines and teachings China with many wonderful of Buddha. memories.

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$16,990 $21,290 Apr 05 $17,690 $22,190 May 10 Sep 06+

2020 Departures Twin share Single Apr 06 Sep 07

17 Day Itinerary Shanghai > Chengdu Apr 16 Sep 17

$17,690 $22,090 $17,890 $22,390 $18,090 $22,590

Tour code: CHBC

2021 Departures Twin share Single

$11,790 $14,890 Apr 05 $11,790 $14,790 May 10 Sep 06+

2020 Departures Twin share Single

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$11,790 $14,890 $11,990 $15,190 $11,990 $15,190

Tour code: CHSC

2021 Departures Twin share Single

$11,590 $14,890 Apr 15 $11,890 $15,290 May 20 Sep 16+

Cabin Upgrades

$11,990 $15,290 $12,090 $15,490 $12,190 $15,590

Yangzi Explorer

Suite

Twin share Add from

Deluxe Cabin - Xiling Deck - 31m² Deluxe Cabin - Wu Deck - 31m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Wu Deck - 39m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Qutang Deck - 39m²

$115 $295 $1,195 $1,295

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Single upgrade pricing for the Yangtze cruise available on request. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Amazing China 18/26 Day Tour & Cruise

Beijing > Shanghai

The natural choice While many flock to see China’s famous man-made wonders, many of its most guarded treasures have been provided by Mother Nature. This energetic itinerary celebrates natural China, sometimes overlooked in explorations of this vital and fascinating region. Discover the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi and Hunan provinces, from glorious waterfalls and mystic lakes to soaring peaks and dense woodlands. Marvel at vast areas of natural beauty and discover unique spots you won’t encounter elsewhere, such as the towering quartzite sandstone features near Zhangjiajie, or the lakes of Jiuzhaigou, with their startling shades and hues. This journey is perfect for guests looking for a little more adventure, with plenty of opportunities to get out and actively explore these natural gems on foot. Whether you’re looking to capture all this beauty on camera, or simply in your memories, you can look forward to spectacular images and impressions with a magic only nature can conjure.

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Beijing

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Yichang

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Chongqing

2 Zhangjiajie Jiuzhaigou National Park

Guilin 1 Li River Cruise

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Yangshuo

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Bailong Elevator The Bailong Elevator – or Hundred Dragons Elevator – is a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in Zhangjiajie and at 326m high, is the world’s tallest outdoor lift. Scenic guests avoid the queues with a VIP pass to maximise time on the mountain with views of the gravity-defying mesas of Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’.

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The Scenic Difference:

Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

Ride the Bailong Elevator to view Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’ Ride the world longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain Ride the bubble train at the top of Canton Tower Enjoy two nights at the Banyan Tree Yangshuo Attend the Impression Liu Sanji Show in Yangshuo Private, after hours viewing at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Sundowners overlooking the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an Participate in the Panda Volunteer Training Program 5D/4N upstream cruise on the Yangzi Explorer

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Amazing China 18/26 Day Itinerary Beijing > Shanghai Day 01

Beijing Begin your discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights is the Pan Pacific Beijing. Meals: D

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Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the Forbidden City. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public. Enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Try Asian at Lost Heaven, or Western dishes at The Exchange. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Take an interactive cooking class or visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy. The afternoon is at leisure. Freechoice: Experience an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. Meals: B.L

Day 04

Lake. Fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. Meals: B.L.D

Day 06

Yangtze River Cruise Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge whilst sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. Meals: B.L.D

Day 07

Yangtze River Cruise Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the gorges. Meals: B.L.D

Day 08

Yangtze River Cruise Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit. Meals: B.L.D

Day 09

Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu Disembark and explore the ancient town of Ciqikou. Travel by high speed train to Chengdu, before settling in for a three night stay at the Shangri-La Chengdu. Meals: B.L.D

Guests on the 18 Day Natural Wonders of China (Tour code: CHNW) arrive today in Chengdu.

Beijing

Day 10

Visit China’s Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Chengdu

Meals: B.L

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Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming

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Discover the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine followed by an interactive cooking class to learn all about the secrets of this style of Chinese cooking. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine, Western ribs and burgers

at Mooney’s Irish Bar, or an international buffet dinner.

Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Meals: B.L.D Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Day 11 Be treated to a special private Chengdu after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enrich Savour refreshing drinks and Enjoy a special day as learn about the history of a member of the panda Shaanxi Province from the volunteer training program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter museum’s curator. Sundowners with rare Giant panda cubs Enjoy refreshments as you help staff at the overlooking the Big Wild Goose Dujiangyan Panda Base Pagoda at sunset. prepare food to feed and Meals: B.L care for them. Later, wander along Jinli Day 16 Street to the 2nd-century Xi’an > Guilin Wuhou Temple. Meals: B.L Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall and the Muslim Quarter’s Day 12 alleyways before flying to Chengdu > Guilin for an overnight stay at the Shangri-La Guilin. Jiuzhaigou

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Fly to the World Heritagelisted Jiuzhaigou Valley, known as Nine Villages Valley. En route, explore Muni Valley before relaxing at the Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort for two nights. Freechoice Dining: Choose to dine at Simmer Chinese restaurant or an international buffet at Open.

Meals: B.D

Day 17

Guilin > Yangshuo

Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L

Day 13

Day 18

Jiuzhaigou At 2,800 metres explore this remarkable World Biosphere Reserve by private bus. Meals: B.L

Day 14

Jiuzhaigou > Xi’an Discover Songpan Ancient Town then fly to Xi’an to spend two nights at The Westin Xian. Meals: B.L.D

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Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later stroll around the Old Town before settling back at the luxurious Banyan Tree Yangshuo for a two night Special Stay.

Yangshuo Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. In the evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show. Meals: B.D

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Yangshuo > Guilin > Guangzhou After exploring around Guilin, take the high-speed train to Guangzhou for a two night stay at Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel. Meals: B.D


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Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province

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Day 21

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Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those Fly to the World Heritage-listed in Yu Gardens. Across the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Huangpu River, explore the Zhangjiajie. Tonight, experience Pudong area and discover the a cultural performance at the modern China. Later, admire Zhangjiajie Theatre. You’ll the view from Shanghai Tower. Meals: B.L.D spend the next two nights at the Crowne Plaza Zhangjiajie.

Guangzhou > Zhangjiajie

Meals: B.D

Day 22

Zhangjiajie By private shuttle bus, explore this region’s wondrous ravines and gorges. Avoid the queues with your VIP pass and ride the Bailong elevator at Yuanjiajie. See the gravity-defying mesas of Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’, then soak in the views from Tianzi Mountain. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square and Xintiandi or visit Zhujiajiao. Alternatively, take a cruise on Huangpu River. Sundowners Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar. After enjoy your farewell dinner.

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 18 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays 61 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 18 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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26 Day Itinerary Beijing > Shanghai 2020 Departures Twin share Single May 06# Oct 14# Oct 21#

Tour code: CHEW 2021 Departures Twin share Single

$17,590 $22,090 Mar 10 $17,690 $22,290 Apr 07 $17,890 $22,790 Sep 01+ Oct 13+

18 Day Itinerary Chengdu > Shanghai 2020 Departures Twin share Single May 14# Oct 22# Oct 29#

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$17,690 $17,890 $18,090 $17,890

$21,890 $22,890 $22,990 $22,790

Tour code: CHNW

2021 Departures Twin share Single

$13,390 $16,590 Mar 18 $13,590 $16,890 Apr 15 $13,290 $16,190 Sep 09+ Oct 21+

Cabin Upgrades

$12,990 $13,190 $13,390 $13,390

$15,890 $16,090 $16,290 $16,290

Yangzi Explorer

Suite

Twin share Add from

Deluxe Cabin - Xiling Deck - 31m² Deluxe Cabin - Wu Deck - 31m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Wu Deck - 39m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Qutang Deck - 39m²

$115 $295 $1,195 $1,295

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000

Meals: B.D

Day 26

Shanghai

#Lijiang will replace Jiuzhaigou if earthquake repairs are not completed in time. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Single upgrade pricing for the Yangtze cruise available on request. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

It’s the end of an amazing journey. Meals: B

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Cherry Blossom Season, Kyoto

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China, Japan, South Korea & India

JAPAN Marvel at the beauty of Japan, both natural and cultural. — For a land of modest size, Japan has more than its share of wondrous cities, imposing volcanic peaks, natural springs, and beautiful temples, shrines and pagodas. Modern design and cutting edge innovation are omnipresent, as are the echoes of the ancient Shinto codes that still have such an enduring influence. Here, creativity and discipline go hand in hand, where technology and traditional artistry combine to create a truly unique society.

Follow this link to explore Japan with Livinia Nixon from Getaway @ scenic.com.au/jpn22

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Japan in Focus Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

Something old, something new Delight in the fascinating mystical wonders of Japan’s ancient customs and traditions. Fall in love with the varied hues of Japan – from quirky Tokyo and Osaka to scenic Asuka. Experience a vivid contrast of neon city lights and bustling streets, including the ‘busiest intersection in the world’ in Tokyo. Marvel at the Japanese way of the sword at a dinner performance of the Samurai Kembu show and treat yourself to a lesson in swordsmanship. Immerse yourself in the life of a sumo wrestler as you learn the history of the sport and the life and training of a wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum. 14 Day Tour

Tokyo > Osaka NEW

Day 01

Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki.

Tokyo Arrive in Tokyo and check into The Capital Hotel Tokyu for the next three nights. Meals: D

Meals: B.L.D

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Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji temple. Tokyo Freechoice: Visit the Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace’s East before walking across the Gardens then dress up in busiest pedestrian crossing your chefs clothes to make in the world in Shibuya. your own sushi lunch with Alternatively, wander through the help of a local chef. picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Afterwards wander through Gardens before witnessing Harajuku, the epicentre of the Shinjuku entertainment Tokyo’s teenage youth. district come alive at dusk. Enrich Meals: B.L Given by Taiko Masters, Day 04 partake in an interactive, private group demonstration Tokyo > Five Lakes and lesson in playing the > Hakone Taiko drums. Venture deep into the Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja themed stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover restaurant or culturally the incredible workmanship immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening involved in creating kimonos

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at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, cruise on Lake Ashinoko then take a cable car ride up the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area. Enjoy a Special Stay at Hotel de Yama overlooking Lake Ashinoko. Meals: B.L.D

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Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto. Enrich Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Settle into your four night stay at Kyoto Brighton Hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along the famous Philosopher’s Walk. This afternoon enjoy some free time for shopping or relaxation. Enrich Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. Meals: B.D

Day 08

Kyoto > Nara

Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine then continue to Nara, where Kyoto you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and Explore the World Heritage see deer in Nara Park. Later, listed Tenryu-ji Temple before stop for a sake tasting at a gliding through the surreal sake museum. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Meals: B.L by traditional rickshaw. Move to the famous Kinkaku-ji or Ryokan Upgrade Golden Pavilion before having free time this afternoon. For a unique insight into Enrich Japanese culture, choose After a short stroll through the to stay tonight in a Ryokan Gion area, be entertained at (at additional cost, must be dinner with a Samurai Kembu pre-booked before departure). show. After the show you can This traditional Japanese choose to learn the way of the Inn has tatami mat flooring Samurai yourself in a lesson in with futon beds, sliding shoji swordsmanship. paper doors, onsen hot spring Meals: B.L.D baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

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1 Overnight

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Kyoto

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Osaka

Miyajima Island

Japan

Nara Asuka

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Relax on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima and check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights enjoying the views from your Deluxe Corner View rooms. Enrich Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami crane offering. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Hiroshima > Miyajima Island Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. This afternoon see industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory on your guided visit. Meals: B.L

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En-route to Osaka on the Shinkansen train, stop at Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original feudal castles. This evening, admire the view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory. Then settle in for three

memorable Special Stay nights in an Executive Room at the Hilton Osaka Hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Drive to the cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan. Enrich Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo. Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi. Visit a traditional Edo period house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule. This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley. Meals: B.L

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Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle. This afternoon is free for some final shopping before tonight’s farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

Day 14

Osaka Depart today with treasured memories of your wonderful time in Japan. Meals: B

Scenic Enrich experience Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo.

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Departure Dates 2020 Apr 22 Sep 23 Nov 04

Tour code: JPTO 2021 $21,790 Mar $20,290 Apr $21,390 May Sep Nov

Twin share Single

$17,890 $16,990 $17,690

Departures may feature fall colours

Twin share Single

24 07 19 22+ 03+

$18,090 $17,990 $17,290 $16,990 $17,690

$21,990 $21,890 $20,590 $20,690 $21,390

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 Additionals Traditional Japanese Ryokan upgrade from $550 per person twin share.

All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Allure of Japan 18/20 Day Tour

Fukuoka > Tokyo NEW

Discover for yourself the Allure of Japan From Fukuoka to Tokyo, wander a different path and find those gems hidden away from the route commonly followed. Not only will you spend three nights in Kyoto with its World Heritage-listed sites but you will also get to know the hidden gems such as Kanazawa, known as little Kyoto. It is home to one of Japan’s three great gardens and has preserved historic districts such as the old homes of the resident Kaga Clan Samurais and exotic tea house districts. Similarly, in Takayama with its historic old quarter and cultural relics, enjoy a slower pace of discovery. Whether you are looking for natural treasures such as the stunning alpine scenery surrounding traditional homes in Shirakawa-go and Nagano, a visit to the geothermal sites around Hakone, or staying in the Kawaguchiko area with views of Mount Fuji and her surrounding lakes, they’re all here. Or maybe it’s the man-made treasures such as the modern metropolises filled with bright neon lights and bustling shopping and entertainment districts, the modern robot-filled factories, or the older historic preservation districts and castles now listed as National Treasures, this tour will allow you to fully experience Japan’s natural and man-made treasures in one journey. On select departures you also visit Jigokudani Monkey Park to view the wild Japanese macaques, commonly known as the Snow Monkeys.

Kanazawa

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Hiroshima 2

Fukuoka 1

Himeji Kyoto

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Osaka

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Scenic Enrich experience Learn about the history and story behind the making of origami cranes at Peace Park and the Atomic Museum before creating your own donation at the Orizuru Tower overlooking the Atomic Dome.

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The Scenic Difference: Private sumo wrestler demonstration Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson Play the Taiko drums in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson Visit a former Kaga Clan Samurai house Make your own Gold Leaf chopsticks Visit Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens, Kanazawa Visit the National Treasure of Matsumoto Castle Okonomiyaki pancake, Hiroshima

See the Snow monkeys on select departures

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Allure of Japan 18/20Day Itinerary Fukuoka > Tokyo Day 01

Fukuoka

Enjoy your welcome reception at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, your luxury hotel in the centre of the city. Meals: D

in for a two night Special Stay in an Executive Room at the Hilton Osaka Hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Day 06

Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daishoin Temple and the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. This afternoon see the industrial robots perform at the Mazda car factory on your guided visit.

Begin the day with a walking tour of Osaka’s Kitchen, the Kuromon Food Market. Drive to the culturally rich city of Kyoto for a memorable three night stay at the Kyoto Brighton Hotel. This afternoon visit impressive Nijo Castle. Enrich Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who will host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

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Explore the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple before gliding through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw. Visit the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before enjoying some free time this afternoon. Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along the Philosopher’s Walk. Meals: B.L.D

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Kyoto > Kanazawa Visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling by the ‘Thunderbird’ to Kanazawa. Upon arrival wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Then try your hand at making your own chopsticks at the Kanazawa Gold Leaf craft shop. Enjoy a two night stay at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa or similar. Meals: B.L

Ryokan Upgrade For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be pre-booked before departure). This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

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Begin the day wandering through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, try a tasting at a sake brewery before moving to Takayama’s old quarter to explore the small alleyways and shops on your own. Meals: B.L

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Takayama > Matsumoto > XXX Five Lakes Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi paste is made. Then continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique ‘hirajiro’ style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area via Suwa Lake, lookout for your first view of Mt Fuji. Check into the Marriott Yamanaka Lake. Meals: B.L.D

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Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. After a photo opportunity of Mt Fuji, move to Hakone to cruise on Lake Ashinoko and a short walk along the heritage trail. This evening enjoy a Special Stay at Hotel de Yama overlooking Lake Ashinoko. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Meals: B.L

Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. This afternoon is yours at leisure. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Tokyo Time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you. Meals: B

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5-star luxury inclusions: Snow Monkey

The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays 43 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers

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$26,090 $26,690 $26,290 $24,890 $25,890

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 Additionals Traditional Japanese Ryokan upgrade from $550 per person twin share. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Allure of Japan with Snow Monkeys 20 Day Itinerary Fukuoka > Tokyo Days 13 - 20

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Takayama > Tsumago Juku > Karuizawa Drive to Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley. Continue to Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains near Nagano, and your hotel for two nights at the Kyukaruizawa Kikyo, Curio Collection by Hilton. Meals: B.L.D

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Karuizawa > Jigokudani Monkey Park Move to Jigokudani Monkey Park to view the wild Japanese macaques going about their daily lives including the unique behavior of bathing in onsens (natural hot springs). After lunch in Nagano, visit the 7thcentury Zenko-ji Buddhist temple before returning to your hotel. Meals: B.L

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Karuizawa > Matsumoto > Five Lakes Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi paste is made. Then continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique “hirajiro” style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area via Suwa Lake, lookout for your first view of Mt Fuji. Check into the Marriott Yamanaka Lake. Meals: B.L.D

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Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Head to west Tokyo. Here visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Meals: B.L

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This morning study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, wander through Harajuku, the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth. Enrich Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums. Check into The Capital Hotel Tokyu, your home for the next three nights. Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki.

Day 19

Tokyo Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. This afternoon is yours at leisure to finish shopping for gifts for home. Tonight, relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Tokyo It is time to bid farewell, taking many wonderful memories with you. Meals: B

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Tour code: JPKT

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Departures may feature fall colours

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.


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View of Mount Fuji from Hakone N 35° 13’ E 139° 01’


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17 Day Tour

The essence of Japan This distillation of all things Japanese is designed to provide you with a truly unforgettable travel experience. In the shadow of Mt Fuji, Hakone presents you with the opportunity to see the nearby Owakudani geysers and the unusual Hakone Open Air Museum. Try your hand at Sarubobo mascot-making at Hida Folk Village and origami in Hiroshima. From the large neon-filled, modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the historic villages of Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Tsumago Juku, you will see all aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle during your journey. Enjoy the very best the ‘land of the rising sun’ has to offer, from feudal castles to traditional gardens, sporting traditions to tea ceremonies, from sake to sushi, and everything quintessentially Japanese in-between.

Japan Five Lakes

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Shinkansen Bullet Train

Hiroshima

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Miyajima Island

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Tsumago Juku Visit Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley. Sixty–nine Post Towns lined the Nakasendo route between Kyoto and Edo (modern Tokyo). Visit its restored principle inn, Honjin and Wakihonjin for the lower class travellers.

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The Scenic Difference:

Taiko drumming lesson

Visit Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley Personal origami crane offering in Peace Park Private sumo wrestler demonstration Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a kimono, in Kyoto Play the Taiko drums in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson Dining options include a Ninja themed restaurant and Izakaya bar scene, in Tokyo Visit the Mazda car factory in Hiroshima To find out more visit scenic.com.au, call 138 128 or contact your nearest Scenic Agent


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Day 04

Tokyo

Tokyo > Hakone

This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner at The Capital Hotel Tokyu, your home for the next three nights.

Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, part of the inner palace area and the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defence. Then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. Venture into the countryside on your drive to Hakone and study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Enjoy a Special Stay at Hotel de Yama overlooking Lake Ashinoko. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant.

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Gather your bearings of Tokyo from above as you take in the view from Tokyo Sky Tree. Afterwards wander through Harajuku, the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth. Enrich Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums. Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki. Meals: B.L.D

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Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque ShinjukuGyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Meals: B.L

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Hakone > Five Lakes Walk around the hot springs at the summit of the Owakudani geothermal area and admire the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise with Mt Fuji as a backdrop. Later, discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Soak in the views of Mt Fuji from your hotel, Marriott Fuji Lake Yamanaka. Meals: B.L.D

Day 06

Five Lakes > Takayama En route to Takayama, learn how wasabi is made at the Daio Wasabi Farm. Stop at the Hida Folk Village to partake in Sarubobo mascot-making. Enjoy a two night stay at the Hotel Associa Takayama Resort with amazing views over Takayama. Meals: B.L

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Discover the historical farmhouses of the mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Heritage-listed Site. Back in Takayama, enjoy a sake tasting and visit a sake museum, then view the impressive Yatai festival floats before exploring the shops and backstreets of Takayama’s old quarter. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a FrenchItalian-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated sake brewery. Meals: B.L.D

Day 08

Takayama > Tsumago Juku > Nagoya Drive to Nagoya via Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley. Upon arrival in Nagoya explore the restored Hommaru Palace at Nagoya Castle. Enjoy your Teppanyaki feast at Nagoya Marriott Associa during your overnight stay.

Enrich After a short stroll through the Gion area be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show you can choose to learn the way of the Samurai yourself with a lesson in swordsmanship. Meals: B.L.D

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Explore the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple before gliding through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw. Move to the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before enjoying some free time this afternoon. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, especially beautiful during Meals: B.L.D blossom season. Later, marvel at the Day 09 architecture of Nijo Castle, Nagoya > Kyoto a classic reminder of the Relax in your Green fascinating Edo-period (Business) Class seats on shogunate’s power, before the Shinkansen train to letting yourself loose in the culturally rich city of the Nishiki Shijo Shopping Kyoto, home to many World District during your free Heritage-listed sites. afternoon. Enrich Enrich Partake in a Japanese tea Tonight’s dinner will allow you ceremony while dressed in a to interact with a Maiko, an traditional Japanese kimono, a apprentice Geisha, who will great photo opportunity. host your meal presentation. Settle into your four night stay It’s an excellent opportunity to at Kyoto Brighton. learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

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Atomic Dome, Hiroshima

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Day 14

Kyoto > Nara

Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

Enjoy an excursion to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. Stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Meals: B.L.D

Ryokan Upgrade Choose to stay in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be pre-booked before departure). This is a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

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Kyoto > Hiroshima

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Relax on the Shinkansen train to Hiroshima and check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights enjoying the view from your Deluxe Corner View rooms. Enrich Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and specialty of the region. Meals: B.L.D

Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Daisho-in Temple and the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. On return to the mainland visit the Mazda car factory and see the robots at work on the cars on the production line.

Enrich Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo.

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Drive to the cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan.

Day 17

Osaka Bid a fond farewell to the ‘land of the rising sun’.

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Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, an original and Japan’s most spectacular castle, before continuing to Osaka. This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley. Enjoy a two night Special Stay in Executive Rooms at the Hilton Osaka Hotel.

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Hiroshima > Himeji > Osaka

Enjoy your Club Floor benefits before reliving your experiences at your farewell dinner.

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$20,490 $20,990 $21,190 $20,990 $20,890 $20,690 $20,490 $20,990

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Twin share Single

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$21,790 $21,490 $20,690 $20,990

$26,490 $26,190 $24,490 $24,790

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 Additionals Traditional Japanese Ryokan upgrade from $550 per person twin share. ^Will run as per 2019/2020 brochured Itinerary. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and135.

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SOUTH KOREA The less explored East Asian destination of South Korea harbours incredible hidden jewels waiting to be discovered. — Despite a difficult past, today South Korea is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Beyond its lively high-tech cities, the country is teeming with natural and manmade wonders, including volcanic craters, lava caves, picturesque waterfalls, ancient fortresses, and even dinosaur fossils. With autumn turning its tree-lined boulevards into canary yellow dampung-gil (paths of autumn foliage), and spring enveloping the country in pink cherry blossoms, it is almost impossible to take a bad travel photograph in South Korea.

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Exploring the land of contrasts Discover a nation with one of the most heavily militarised borders in the world and one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, which is also the land of serene ‘slow cities’, and canopies of pink blossoms. On this compact tour of South Korea, learn about its people, cuisine, ancient history and culture and appreciate the modernisation strides this Asian tiger economy has taken. From the ancient villages around Gyeongju to modern Busan and the high speed trains in between, come and explore this lesser known Asian treasure. 10 Day Tour

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Begin your exploration of Seoul with a visit to arguably the most beautiful of the five Grand Joseon Palaces, Changdeokgung Palace. Your visit to this World Heritage-listed palace would not be complete without a stroll through the Secret Garden

contained within. This afternoon witness the changing of the Royal Guard at Deoksugung Palace before moving to the Korean Furniture Museum, housing over 2,000 pieces of Joseon Dynasty furniture in 10 restored traditional Korean houses known as hanok. Also located nearby is the Korean Stone Art Museum. Sundowners From the outdoor stone garden of the Korean Stone Art Museum, enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul at dusk with canapés and drinks and get to know your fellow travellers. Meals: B.L

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the Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station and Freedom Bridge and go underground by monorail to the third infiltration Tunnel. Return to Seoul this afternoon and shop at the largest traditional market in South Korea, Namdaemun Market, located next to the Great South Gate of the original old city. Enrich Immerse yourself into the Korean culture at the Hyo Jae Cultural Hall where you can try on Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, or try your hand at Bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Enjoy a meal of Bibimbap, a rice preparation with meat and vegetables, with your host Lee Hyo-Jae, known as Korea’s Martha Stuart. Meals: B.L.D

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Seoul > Gwangju Relax in your Deluxe Class seats on the KTX high-speed train ride to Gwangju. Feel at peace on your walk through the Juknokwon bamboo forest before visiting Samjinae village to experience ‘slow living’ at the designated ‘Slow City’. Try your hand at making Hangwa, Korean traditional sweets before returning to Gwangju to check into the Holiday Inn for a night at leisure. Meals: B.L

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Gyeongju Visit the National Museum, home to relics from the Silla Kingdom when Gyeongju was the capital. View the Cheomseongdae Observatory, Tumuli Park, a collection of royal Silla tombs and Anapji Pond. Lunch is a hands on cooking class of cuisine from the Shilla Dynasty. Later, visit World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. Meals: B.L


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Seoul Say farewell to this intriguing land and transfer to Incheon airport for your onward journey. Meals: B

Scenic Enrich experience Immerse yourself into the Korean culture at the Hyo Jae Cultural Hall where you can try on Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, or try your hand at Bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Enjoy a meal of Bibimbap, a rice preparation with meat and vegetables with your host Lee Hyo-Jae, known as Korea’s Martha Stuart.

Meals: B.D

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Busan > Seoul Travel in your Deluxe Class seats on the KTX high-speed train to Seoul. Upon arrival, drive to the Gangnam District to have your photo taken in front of the Statue of Gangnam Style. Spend some free time at the COEX underground shopping mall, the largest in Asia. Later, check into The Plaza Seoul Autograph Collection before savouring your sumptuous Korean Bulgogi BBQ feast as your farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

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20 meals – 09 breakfasts (B), 06 lunches (L) and 05 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides All internal transport Return airport transfers

Departure Dates

Tour code: SKSK

2020 Oct 07

Twin share Single

2021 $11,490 Mar 24

Twin share Single

$9,190

$9,790

$12,090

Nov

$9,490

$11,790 Apr

07

$9,790

$12,090

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$9,590

$11,890

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Departures may feature fall colours

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Gang Nam District, Seoul

N 37° 34’ E 126° 58’

China, Japan, South Korea & India


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GRAND ASIA In a world so filled with wonder, it would be unfair to limit yourself to one destination. — The Asian continent is a meltingpot of history, culture, and natural and man-made beauty, and each country is unique and wonderful in its own right. With South Korea’s swaying Beot-kkot, Cambodia’s centuries old temples, Japan’s sombre Peace Park and Museum, and China’s mystical Forbidden City lying in wait, you have plenty of reasons to extend your Asia holiday. Discover the delightful contrast between neighbouring lands through Scenic’s collection of combo tours. From history that has shaped the geographies of nations, to cultures that have been preserved through centuries, you’ll find that no two destination is alike.

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North Asian Odyssey Beijing > Osaka

14/14/27 Day Tour & Cruise

China and Japan’s must-see sights in one compact journey This insightful itinerary is designed to be travelled either as individual journeys or as a combined odyssey to both nations. Whatever your focus, this trip will leave you with wonderful lasting memories of these two amazingly different countries. Beginning in China you’ll travel through three of the country’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai with many of the must-sees included, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all here, including an incredible cruise along the beautiful Yangtze River. Travel to Japan and its vibrant capital of Tokyo. See Mt Fuji and her surrounding lakes and experience the thrill of travelling on a Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle. Experience emotional moments in and around Peace Park in Hiroshima and see the Japan of yesteryear in the preservation districts and World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto. Your journey ends in the modern metropolis of Osaka.

Great Wall of China

Beijing

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Xi’an

China

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Zhujiajiao

Yangtze River Cruise

Shanghai Yichang

Chongqing

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Hiroshima 2

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Himeji Castle

3

Osaka

Miyajima Island 1 Overnight

Kyoto

Land

Tokyo

Five Lakes (Mt Fuji area)

Japan

Nara Asuka

River cruise

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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Scenic Enrich experience After a short stroll through the Gion area be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show you can choose to learn the way of the Samurai yourself in your own lesson in swordsmanship.

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The Scenic Difference: Visit a private section of the Forbidden City See the Terracotta Warriors with a curator 5D/4N upstream cruise on the Yangzi Explorer Private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xian Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Play the Taiko drums in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson Private sumo wrestler demonstration Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko Visit the Mazda Car Factory in Hiroshima Terracotta Warriors, Xi’ an, China

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North Asian Odyssey 14/14/27 Day Itinerary Beijing > Osaka Day 01

Day 05

Beijing

Yangtze River Cruise

Begin your discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next three nights is the Pan Pacific Beijing, located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

Meals: D

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Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. Meals: B.L.D

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Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Great Wall of China Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange. Meals: B.L.D

Day 04

Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 06

Yangtze River Cruise

Start your journey with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Freechoice: Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

Day 03

Meals: B.L.D

Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. Meals: B.L.D

Day 08

Chongqing > Xi’an Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before travelling by highspeed train to Xi’an. Later, check into the historically located The Westin Xi’an for a three night stay.

Enrich Be treated to a special, private after-hours viewing of over 2000 ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Sundowners Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. Meals: B.L

Day 10

Xi’an Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later, fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train before settling into the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel for a three night Special Stay.

Day 13

Shanghai

Meals: B.D

Day 14

Shanghai > Tokyo It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight to Japan. This evening, enjoy your Japanese welcome reception and dinner at The Capital Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo, your home for the next three nights. Meals: B.D

Guests on the 14 Day China Express tour (Tour code: CHEY) depart after breakfast today and transfer to Shanghai airport. Guests on the 14 Day Japan In Focus tour (Tour code: JPTO) arrive in Tokyo today and meet your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Meals: B.L

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Enrich Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals: B.L

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Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time shopping on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner.

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Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. Afterwards wander through Harajuku, the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth.


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Enrich Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums. Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki. Meals: B.L.D

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Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto. Enrich Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Settle in for your four night stay at Kyoto Brighton Hotel. Meals: B.L.D

Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Meals: B.L

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Explore the World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple before gliding through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw. Move to the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before having free time this afternoon. Enrich After a short stroll through the Gion area be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show you can choose to learn the way of the Samurai yourself in your own lesson in swordsmanship.

Nara, Japan

Nara, Japan

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Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along the Philosopher’s Walk. This afternoon enjoy some free time for shopping or relaxation. Enrich Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who will host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. Meals: B.D

Maiko, Kyoto, Japan

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North Asian Odyssey 14/14/27 Day Itinerary Beijing > Osaka Day 21

Kyoto > Nara Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later, stop for a sake tasting at a sake museum.

Ryokan Upgrade For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be booked prior to departure). This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast. Meals: B.L

from your Deluxe Corner View rooms. Enrich Experience an emotional visit to Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami crane offering. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. Meals: B.L.D

Day 23

Hiroshima > Miyajima Island Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daishoin Temple and the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. This afternoon see the industrial robots at the Mazda car factory on your guided visit. Meals: B.L

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Relax on the Shinkansen train to Hiroshima and check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights enjoying the view

Day 24

Hiroshima > Osaka En route to Osaka on the Shinkansen train, stop at Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most

14 Day Itinerary Beijing > Shanghai 2020 Departures Twin share Mar 12 $8,390 Mar 26 $8,490 Apr 09 $9,190 May 07 $9,290 Sep 10 $9,390 Oct 22 $9,390

Single

$10,890 $11,390 $11,490 $12,190 $12,290 $12,290

2021 Departures Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 08 May 06 Sep 09+ Oct 21+

14 Day Itinerary Tokyo > Osaka 2020 Departures Twin share Single Apr 22 Sep 23 Nov 04

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$8,490 $8,590 $8,990 $9,290 $9,390 $9,390

$10,790 $10,890 $11,790 $12,190 $12,290 $12,290

Tour code: JPTO 2021 Departures Twin share Single

$17,890 $21,790 Mar 24 $16,990 $20,290 Apr 07 $17,690 $21,390 May 19 Sep 22+ Nov 03+

27 Day Itinerary Beijing > Osaka

$18,090 $17,990 $17,290 $16,990 $17,690

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Tour code: CHJP

2020 Departures Twin share Single

2021 Departures Twin share Single

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Mar Mar May Sep Oct

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spectacular feudal castle. This evening, admire the view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory. Then settle in for three memorable Special Stay nights in an Executive Room at the Hilton Osaka Hotel.

Visit a traditional Edo period house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule. This evening catch the Osaka Metro and wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley.

Meals: B.L.D

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Osaka > Asuka

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Drive to the cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan. Enrich Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where sumo originated. After the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo. Later, stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi.

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Freechoice: Wander through Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue, followed by Kuromon Ichiba Market, known as Osaka’s kitchen or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle. This afternoon is free at leisure for some shopping before a farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

Day 27

Osaka Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan. Meals: B

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 9 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 15 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners events 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays 64 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 21 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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Yangzi Explorer

Suite

Twin share Add from

Deluxe Cabin - Xiling Deck - 31m² Deluxe Cabin - Wu Deck - 31m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Wu Deck - 39m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Qutang Deck - 39m²

$115 $295 $1,195 $1,295

Departures may feature fall colours

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 Additionals Traditional Japanese Ryokan upgrade from $550 per person twin share. ^Will run as the 25 Day itinerary as per the 2019/2020 brochure. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. Single upgrade pricing for the Yangtze cruise available on request. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.


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Japan & South Korea in Focus Tokyo > Seoul NEW

24 Day Tour & Cruise

From Kimonos to Hanboks From interacting with a real life geisha to meeting an industrial robot, Japan is a delightful rollercoaster ride. While South Korea, with its heavily guarded DMZ and peaceful temple retreats, is a wondrous paradox. Begin your exploration in the land of the rising sun by preparing authentic sushi with your own hands, dining at a ninja-themed restaurant and washing it all down with sake. Learn to play the traditional Taiko drums, dodge the crowds at the busiest intersection in the world and release an origami crane. As your journey carries you to South Korea, you will be amazed at the various intricacies that set it apart from its neighbours. On your journey through the fascinating land, you will ride its high-speed trains, admire the old-fashioned hanok houses, don the traditional Hanbok and experience the tranquility of a slow city.

North Korea DMZ

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Seoul

Incheon South Korea Mt Gayasan National Park

Gyeongju

Jinhae

Gwangju 1

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Samjinae Village

Japan

Five Lakes Kyoto (Mt Fuji area)

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Hiroshima 2

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Himeji Castle

Miyajima Island

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Osaka

1 Overnight

Land

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Nara Asuka

Kinakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Tokyo

Hakone

Rail

Included flight

Scenic Enrich experience Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums. Learn to feel the ‘Kodo’, the heartbeat of the rhythm through various size drums.

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The Scenic Difference: View a private sumo wrestler demonstration in Kehayaza Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko in Kyoto Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson Play the Taiko drums in an interactive demonstration in Tokyo Hanbok, Bojagi and Bibimbap cultural experiences Craft a mini Gayageum, a Korean musical instrument Make traditional Korean confectionery in Samjinae village Gamcheon Culture Village, South Korea

Visit Jinhae during the cherry blossom season

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Japan & South Korea in Focus 24 Day Itinerary Tokyo > Seoul Day 01

Day 05

Tokyo

Hakone > Kyoto

Arrive in Tokyo and The Capital Hotel Tokyu, your home for the next three nights.

Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Enrich Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono. Settle into your four night stay at Kyoto Brighton Hotel.

For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be prebooked before departure).

Meals: B.L.D

Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. Check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights. Enrich Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami crane offering. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region.

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Begin the day in the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then make your own sushi lunch. Afterwards wander through Harajuku. Enrich Partake in an interactive demonstration and lesson in Taiko drums. Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja-themed restaurant or traditional Izakaya bar. Meals: B.L.D

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Visit the Asakusa district. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens. Meals: B.L

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Venture into the Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Cruise on Lake Ashinoko, then take a cable car ride up to the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area. Enjoy a Special Stay at Hotel de Yama. Meals: B.L.D

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Explore the World Heritagelisted Tenryu-ji Temple before visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by rickshaw. Visit the Golden Pavilion before having free time this afternoon. Enrich Be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show learn the way of the Samurai yourself. Meals: B.L.D

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Kyoto

Ryokan Upgrade

Meals: B.L

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Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or stroll along the famous Philosopher’s Walk. This afternoon enjoy some free time. Enrich Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who will host your meal presentation. Meals: B.D

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Kyoto > Nara Begin with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. Later, stop at a sake museum.

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Drive to Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge and visit the Ishibutai tumulus. Enrich Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler in action in the dohyo. Later, stop at Tondabayashi to visit a traditional Edo period house. This evening catch the Osaka Metro to Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley. Meals: B.L

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Freechoice: Wander through Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue, followed by Kuromon Ichiba Market or visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle. This afternoon is free at your leisure before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 14

Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

Osaka > Seoul

Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating Torii Gate. This afternoon tour around the Mazda car factory. Meals: B.L

Hiroshima > Osaka

Osaka > Asuka

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Stop at Himeji Castle. This evening, admire the view of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory. Then settle in for three memorable Special Stay nights in an Executive Room at the Hilton Osaka Hotel.

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Guard at Deoksugung Palace before moving to the Korean Furniture Museum. Also located nearby is the Korean Stone Art Museum. Sundowners From the Korean Stone Art Museum, enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul with canapés and drinks. Meals: B.L

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Drive to the De-militarised Zone (DMZ). Visit the Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station and Freedom Bridge and go underground to the third infiltration Tunnel. Return to Seoul and shop at Namdaemun Market. Enrich Immerse yourself into the Korean culture at the Hyo Jae Cultural Hall with your host Lee Hyo-Jae, known as Korea’s Martha Stuart. Meals: B.L.D

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Seoul > Gwangju Relax in your deluxe class seats on the KTX high-speed train ride to Gwangju. Walk through the Juknokwon bamboo forest before visiting Samjinae village, a designated ‘Slow City’. Try your hand at making Korean traditional sweets before checking into the Holiday Inn for a night. Meals: B.L

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Admire the views from Drive to Mt. Gayasan National Busan Tower before moving to Jagalchi Fish Market, Park and Haeinsa Temple, then visit BIFF Square and famous for being the home nearby Kukje Market. This of the Tripitaka Koreana. afternoon, drive to Jinhae Enrich Dream Park with the famous At Gayatgo Village, enjoy a Yeojwacheon Stream. Also hands on experience crafting visit the NFRDI Environment your own mini Gayageum, a Eco-Park and Jangboksan zither like 12 string Korean Sculpture Park. musical instrument. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy fine Continue onto Gyeongju Hilton Italian cuisine or sample high Hotel for a two night stay. quality Korean sirloin BBQ. Meals: B.L.D

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Drive to Busan with a stop en route at Tongdosa, the head temple of the Jogye Order. Freechoice: Visit the Gamcheon Culture Village, or ride the Danubi ‘Train’ around Taejongdae Park. Alternatively, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Check into Busan Paradise Hotel for a two night stay. Meals: B.L

Day 24 Say farewell and transfer to Incheon airport.

Gyeongju

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Meals: B.D

Seoul

Day 20 Begin with a visit to the National Museum. Also view the Cheomseongdae Observatory, Tumuli Park, a collection of royal Silla tombs and Anapji Pond, a harmonious royal garden. Lunch is a hands on cooking class. Afterwards, visit World Heritage Listed Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto.

Travel in your Deluxe Class seats on the KTX high-speed train to Seoul and have your photo taken in front of the Statue of Gangnam Style. Spend some free time at the COEX underground shopping mall. Later, check into The Plaza Seoul Autograph Collection before your Korean Bulgogi BBQ feast as your farewell dinner.

Meals: B

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 8 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 13 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays 53 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D) Expert Tour Directors All internal transport Return airport transfers

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$26,780 $32,380 Mar 24 Sep 22+

$28,480 $34,680 $27,180 $33,180

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1000 Additionals Traditional Japanese Ryokan upgrade from $550 per person twin share. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134-135.

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China & South Korea Express Beijing > Seoul NEW

23 Day Tour & Cruise

The best of China and South Korea Explore the culture of one of the most ancient civilisations of the world and continue on to explore a country that has risen from the ashes of a hard-won war to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Through China’s most prominent cities, you will have the chance to explore the famed sites of the country, including the Great Wall of China, Xi’an’s terracotta warriors, the Forbidden City, as well as meet the adorable giant panda, and enjoy a home-hosted meal in a traditional local house. In South Korea, visit the DMZ for your first view of the isolated country of North Korea, immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle of Seoul, experience life in a ‘Slow City’, and offer prayers at the sacred Haeinsa Temple. Great Wall of China

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China Xi’an 3

Shanghai Yangtze River Cruise

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Zhujiajiao

Yichang DMZ

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Seoul

Incheon

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Gyeongju

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Samjinae Village

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Korean Furniture Museum One of the must see sights in Seoul, where a visit must be pre-booked is the Korean Furniture Museum. It houses over 2,000 pieces of Joseon Dynasty furniture in 10 fully restored traditional Korean houses, known as hanok. These museum pieces are displayed the way they were used in their traditional settings and were collected by former professor and museum director Chyung Mi-sook.

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The Scenic Difference:

Wild Goose Pagoda, Scenic Sundowner, China

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City in Beijing Private, after hours viewing at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Sundowners overlooking the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an Hanbok, Bojagi and Bibimbap cultural experiences Craft a mini Gayageum, a Korean musical instrument Make traditional Korean confectionery in Samjinae Village Visit the home of the Tripitaka Koreana Visit Jinhae during cherry blossom season

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China & South Korea Express 23 Day Itinerary Beijing > Seoul Day 01

Day 06

Day 10

Beijing

Yangtze River Cruise

Xi’an

Welcome to China. Your home for the next three nights is the Pan Pacific Beijing.

Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

Visit a local painter’s home and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later, explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

Meals: D

Day 02

Beijing

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Visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Freechoice: Look forward to Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. Meals: B.L

Day 03

Beijing

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Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich Visit a private section of the Forbidden City that is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange. Meals: B.L.D

Day 04

Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise Explore the Summer Palace. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 05

Yangtze River Cruise Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge, and tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

Day 07

Yangtze River Cruise Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 08

Chongqing > Xi’an Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo and the Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into The Westin Xi’an for a three night stay. Meals: B.L

Day 09

Xi’an

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Enrich See the Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator. Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich Be treated to a special private after-hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Sundowners Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L.D

Day 11

Xi’an > Shanghai

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Explore the Muslim Quarter. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before settling into the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel for a three night Special Stay. Meals: B.L

Day 12

Upon arrival in Incheon, transfer to the LOTTE Hotel Seoul for a three night Special Stay in your Executive Floor rooms. Meet your Korean Tour Director at tonight’s welcome briefing and dinner. Meals: B.D

Day 15

Seoul

Shanghai

Meals: B.L

Visit the Bund and Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and admire the view from Shanghai Tower. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

Day 16

Meals: B.L

Day 13

Shanghai

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Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life, or cruise on Huangpu River. Later, enjoy some free time before your Chinese farewell dinner. Meals: B.D

Day 14

Shanghai > Seoul

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It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight to Seoul, South Korea.

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Visit Changdeokgung Palace including a stroll through the Secret Garden. Witness the changing of the Royal Guard at Deoksugung Palace before a visit to the Korean Furniture Museum. Also located nearby is the Korean Stone Art Museum. Sundowners From the Korean Stone Art Museum, enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul with canapés and drinks.

Seoul > DMZ

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Drive to the De-militarised Zone (DMZ). Visit the Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station and Freedom Bridge and go underground by monorail to the third infiltration Tunnel. Return to Seoul and shop at Namdaemun Market. Enrich Immerse yourself into the Korean culture at the Hyo Jae Cultural Hall with your host Lee Hyo-Jae, known as Korea’s Martha Stuart. Meals: B.L.D

Day 17

Seoul > Gwangju Relax in your deluxe class seats on the KTX high-speed train ride to Gwangju. Walk through the Juknokwon bamboo forest before visiting Samjinae village, a designated ‘Slow City’. Try your hand at making Korean traditional sweets before checking into the Holiday Inn for a night. Meals: B.L


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The Great Wall of China

Day 18

Day 20

Gwangju > Gyeongju

Gyeongju > Busan

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Drive to Mt. Gayasan National Park and Haeinsa Temple, famous for being the home of the Tripitaka Koreana. Enrich This afternoon at Gayatgo Village, enjoy a hands on experience crafting your own mini Gayageum, a zither-like 12-string Korean musical instrument. Continue onto Gyeongju Hilton Hotel for a two night stay. Meals: B.L.D

Day 19

Gyeongju Begin with a visit to the National Museum. Also view the Cheomseongdae Observatory, Tumuli Park, a collection of royal Silla tombs and Anapji Pond, a harmonious royal garden. Lunch is a hands on cooking class. Afterwards, visit World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. Meals: B.L

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Drive to Busan with a stop en route at Tongdosa, the head temple of the Jogye Order. Freechoice: Visit the Gamcheon Culture Village, or ride the Danubi ‘Train’ around Taejongdae Park. Alternatively, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Check into Busan Paradise Hotel for a two night stay. Meals: B.L

Day 21

Busan > Jinhae

Day 22

Busan > Seoul Travel in your Deluxe Class seats on the KTX high-speed train to Seoul. Have your photo taken in front of the Statue of Gangnam Style. Spend some free time at the COEX underground shopping mall. Later, check into The Plaza

Meals: B.D

Day 23

Seoul Say farewell to this intriguing land and transfer to Incheon airport. Meals: B

5-star luxury inclusions:

The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays 52 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 17 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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From Busan Tower, admire the views of the coastline and the port city before visiting Jagalchi Fish Market. Next, visit BIFF Square and nearby Kukje Market. This afternoon, drive to Jinhae Dream Park with the famous Yeojwacheon Stream. Also visit the NFRDI Environment Eco-Park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy fine Italian cuisine or sample high quality Korean sirloin BBQ.

Seoul Autograph Collection before your Korean Bulgogi BBQ farewell dinner.

Departure Dates 2020 Oct

Meals: B.D

Twin share Single

22

Tour code: CHSK 2021

$19,180 $24,380 Mar Mar May Oct

Cabin Upgrades

Twin share Single

11 25 06 21+

$18,580 $18,680 $19,180 $19,280

$23,180 $23,280 $24,380 $24,480

Yangzi Explorer

Suite

Twin share Add from

Deluxe Cabin - Xiling Deck - 31m² Deluxe Cabin - Wu Deck - 31m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Wu Deck - 39m² Grand Deluxe Suite - Qutang Deck - 39m²

$115 $295 $1,195 $1,295

Departures may feature fall colours

Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134-135.

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China, Japan, South Korea & India

Luxury Mekong & Japan in Focus Scenic Spirit, Mekong River, Cambodia

Mystical wonders and ancient traditions Delight in the fascinating mystical wonders of the Mekong as you explore its centuries-old temples and partake in its ancient customs and traditions. Fall in love with the varied hues of Japan – from quirky Tokyo to scenic Asuka.

5-star luxury inclusions: 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites 11 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

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Your choice of 31 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event

After an immersive spiritual sojourn along the magical Mekong, experience a vivid contrast of neon city lights and bustling streets, including the ‘busiest intersection in the world’, in Tokyo. Marvel at the Japanese way of the sword at a dinner performance of the Samurai Kembu show and treat yourself to a lesson in swordsmanship. Immerse yourself in the life of a sumo wrestler as you learn about the history of the sport and the life and training of a wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum.

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2 memorable Scenic Special Stays

Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining 62 meals – 24 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D) Complimentary beverages all day throughout your Mekong cruise Butler service for all guests throughout your Mekong cruise Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise All tipping and gratuities

For full itinerary see scenic.com.au

Siem Reap > Osaka NEW

25 Day Tour & Cruise

Departure Dates 2020

Japan Shinkansen Bullet Train

Laos

Thailand

Siem Reap

Hiroshima 2 Miyajima Island

Kyoto

Five Lakes (Mt Fuji area)

4

Himeji Castle

3

Osaka

Vietnam Kampong Kdei Kampong Cham Angkor Ban Koh Dach Mekong Ho Chi Phnom Penh 7 Cambodia 1 Minh City Tan Chau My Tho Sa Dec Cai Be

3

Nara Asuka

Tour code: VIJP From

2021

From

Sep

12

$25,185

Mar

13

Oct

24

$25,685

May

08

27

$26,685 $24,285

Tokyo

3

1 Hakone

Cabin Upgrades

Scenic Spirit

Cat.

Deck

Suite

Add

C BA BB B A RD RS

Jewel Deck Sapphire Deck Sapphire Deck Sapphire Deck Diamond Deck Diamond Deck Diamond Deck

Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Royal Panorama Suite

$995 $1,295 $1,595 $1,895 $2,195 $2,395 $3,995

Departures may feature cherry blossoms

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000

River cruise

1 Overnight stay

Cruise start/finish Included flight

Land

All prices are per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. Cruise price based on Category CA Deluxe Suite. Single Supplement price on application. For details of our suite categories and deck plans, see scenic.com.au. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. For all other terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.


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Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey Angkor Temple Gala Dinner, Cambodia

Discover three of Asia’s major river systems In Vietnam, explore Hanoi and the Red River region through to Halong Bay, cruise along the mighty Mekong River on board the luxurious Scenic Spirit, then discover China's Yangtze River, all in one amazing journey.

5-star luxury inclusions:

5-star Scenic Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges 8 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences 2 Scenic Sundowners events

Hanoi > Shanghai

Up to four on board dining options on board your Mekong cruise 79 meals – 30 breakfasts (B), 24 lunches (L) and 25 dinners (D) Complimentary beverages all day throughout your Mekong cruise Scenic Cruise Directors, Tour Directors and expert local guides 5 day / 4 night Yangtze cruise (inclusions see page 18) All tipping and gratuities

For full itinerary see scenic.com.au 31 Day Itinerary Hanoi > Shanghai

2

Hanoi

1

Vietnam

2020 Departures#

2

Mar Apr Oct

Halong Bay Cruise Great Wall of China

Laos

Beijing Xi’an Yangtze River Cruise

Thailand

4 Kampong Kdei

3 Cambodia

Siem Reap

Angkor Ban Koh Dach Phnom Penh

Chongqing

Zhujiajiao

Shanghai Yichang

Kampong Cham

Mekong

7

2 Ho Chi Minh City

Tan Chau My Tho Sa Dec Cai Be

River cruise

1 Overnight stay

Cruise start/finish Included flight

From

Tour code: VICH 2021 Departures

23

$20,995

Feb

22

20

$20,615

Mar

08

05

$21,085

Oct

04+

2020 Departures

#

3

Mar Mar Apr Aug Oct

From

From $20,085

27

$20,385 $21,165

26 Day Itinerary Siem Reap > Shanghai

3 China

3

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6 memorable Scenic Special Stays

After travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll travel through three of China’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an – and discover many of the must-see wonders, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all on the table, including an incredible cruise along the majestic Yangtze River. 26/31 Day Tour & Cruise

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Your choice of 34 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining

Tour code: VSCH

2021 Departures

14

$17,285

Feb

27

From $16,885

28

$17,885

Mar

13

25

$17,485

Apr

24

$17,285

29

$17,385

28+

$17,485

10

$17,885

Aug Oct

09+

$17,985

22

Cabin Upgrades

$17,185

Scenic Spirit

Cat.

Deck

Suite

Add

C BA BB B A RD RS

Jewel Deck Sapphire Deck Sapphire Deck Sapphire Deck Diamond Deck Diamond Deck Diamond Deck

Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Royal Panorama Suite

$795 $1,295 $1,595 $1,895 $2,195 $2,395 $3,995

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000

Land

#Departures Mar-Apr 2020 follow the 2019/20 itinerary. All prices are per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. Cruise price based on Category CA Deluxe Suite. Single Supplement price on application. Please enquire for Yangtze River cruise cabin upgrades. For details of our suite categories and deck plans, see scenic.com.au. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure.For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Taj Mahal, Agra N 27° 10’ E 78° 02’


NORTH INDIA Discover North India, from the most sacred of cities and its holy rituals, to the bustling modernity of the capital, New Delhi. — Let North India reveal its hidden treasures and enduring passion for life, capturing your heart in the process. Keep watch for the famous Bengal tigers that call Ranthambore National Park home. Explore stunning palaces and forts and marvel at the unparalleled Taj Mahal. Embrace your spiritual side in Varanasi and discover the true beating heart of this beautiful land.


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Golden India Ganges River, Varanasi

The essence of the golden triangle

Day 04

Celebrate the rich history, culture and landscapes of this diverse and fascinating region with the perfect introduction to the wonders of North India. Explore Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India before winding your way through Delhi’s oldest streets in a rickshaw and enjoying lunch with a family in a traditional haveli. Journey to Varanasi and float down the Ganges River before marvelling at the workmanship of the Khajuraho Temples. In Agra, experience sunrise over the mighty Taj Mahal, and in the evening relax with Sundowner drinks overlooking this monument to love. Spend two nights at the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park, searching for the elusive Bengal tiger before travelling to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur where a host of treasures await, including the magnificent World Heritage-listed observatory of Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds. 14 Day Tour

Delhi > Delhi

Day 01

Delhi Be welcomed to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, the luxurious Leela Palace.

Day 02

Delhi Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb

and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 03

Delhi > Varanasi

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Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and stay the next two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel. Enrich Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk while listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti. Meals: B.L

Varanasi As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. This afternoon, journey to Sarnath and explore one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park. Meals: B.D

Day 05

Varanasi > Khajuraho

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Freechoice: Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek, a ritual to appease the Hindu God Shiva. Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy your two night stay at The Lalit Temple View hotel overlooking the iconic temples. Meals: B.D

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Khajuraho

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Be inspired as you explore exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty. Marvel at scenes depicting gods and goddesses, beasts and warriors, dancers and musicians and the exotic Kama Sutra carvings for which these Khajuraho temples are most famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance. Meals: B.L

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Khajuraho > Orchha > Jhansi > Agra

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Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra, arriving in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel, the Oberoi Amarvilas, and stay for two unforgettable nights located only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal. Meals: B.L

Day 08

Agra

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Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century. Sundowners Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at Bellevue at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D


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14 Day Itinerary Delhi > Delhi

1 Overnight

Delhi

Land

Rail

95

Included flight

21

Rajasthan Bharatpur

Uttar Pradesh

2 Agra

3 Jaipur 2

Jhansi

Ranthambore National Park Orchha Varanasi 2

Khajuraho

Day 09

Agra > Ranthambore National Park

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Explore the World Heritagelisted Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay at the Oberoi Vanyavilas. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Ranthambore National Park Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during your private morning and afternoon game drives.

Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Experience the art and history of Henna before returning to your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1136 Restaurant. Alternatively, relax in your hotel and dine at the Giardino Italian restaurant.

Humayan’s Tomb, Delhi

Meals: B.L.D

Scenic Sundowners

Day 13

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the magnificent Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Jaipur Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort. Enjoy your farewell dinner at the restored Samode Haveli.

Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

Day 11

Day 14

5-star luxury inclusions:

Jaipur > Delhi Ranthambore National Park > Jaipur Bid farewell to India today as Drive to the ‘Pink City’, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Afterwards, stop for lunch at the Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at the regal Taj Jai Mahal Palace for three nights.

2

you fly to Delhi. Please book your onward flight to depart Delhi after 9.00pm. Meals: B

The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests

1 Scenic Sundowners event

31 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides

Extend your journey

All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

Departure Dates

Day 12

2020 Jan 12 Feb 23 Oct 04

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Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. See the astronomical marvels at Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century.

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Meals: B.L

Jaipur

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1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience

Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining

Extend your journey with a tour to South India. See pages 106-110 for details.

Tour code: INDG 2021 $18,490 Jan $18,690 Feb $18,090 Oct Nov

Twin share Single

$13,390 $13,590 $12,990

Twin share Single

17 28 03+ 14+

$13,390 $12,990 $13,190 $13,190

$18,490 $18,090 $18,290 $18,290

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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India’s Royal Heritage Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai

23 Day Tour

Unveil the true soul of North India Golden, blue and pink cities, lake palaces, great deserts, impressive forts and mighty temples, the stunning tapestry of North India will enthral and delight even the most experienced of travellers. Uncover North India’s royal heritage as you explore the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, take in the view from the top of Mehrangarh Fort or have a truly Rajasthani desert adventure atop a camel near the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer. While in Udaipur, the city of lakes, stay in the extraordinary Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Venture deep into Rajasthan, possibly the most romantic and mythical state on the sub-continent and stay in characteristic forts and hunting lodges in the smaller towns of Nagaur and Narlai. Be at home in a palace in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park. North India will capture your heart with its colour, splendour and brilliance.

Uttar Pradesh

Delhi

2

Rajasthan

Jaisalmer

2

Nagaur

2

2 Agra

Bharatpur

1 Jaipur 3

Jodhpur

Jhansi

2 2

Orchha

Ranthambore National Park

2 Narlai Ranakpur

Varanasi 2

2

22 Udaipur

Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

Jaisalmer Fort

Mumbai 1 Overnight

Land

Rail

Included flight

Optional flight

Scenic Enrich experience Be taken back in time with an exclusive dinner within Bakht Singh courtyard Baradari in Ahhichatragarh Fort, Nagaur. Dine dressed in traditional turbans and saris, just as the former residents once did.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur


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The Scenic Difference:

Traditional clay pipe, Narlai

Musicians during Ganges Aarti cruise Enjoy Sundowners overlooking the Taj Mahal Lunch at Castle Kanota, setting of the Viceroy Club in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Dress in saris and turbans during a historical dinner re-enactment in a fort Romantic dinner at an 1,100-year-old step well Camel trek to dinner under the stars in the desert Champagne heritage tour of Mehrangarh Fort Stay in refurbished hunting lodges and forts Farewell dinner on the Mewar Terrace of Taj Lake Palace hotel Safaris in two locations to spot tigers and leopards

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India’s Royal Heritage 23 Day Itinerary Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai Day 01

Day 05

Delhi

Varanasi > Khajuraho

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, the luxurious Leela Palace.

Day 02

Delhi Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 03

Delhi > Varanasi

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Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and spend the next two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel. Enrich Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

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Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek. Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at The Lalit Temple View hotel overlooking the iconic temples. Meals: B.D

Day 06

Khajuraho

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Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous. Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance. Meals: B.L

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Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal. Meals: B.L

Meals: B.L

Day 08

Day 04

Agra

Varanasi

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath. Meals: B.D

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Sundowners Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D

Day 09

Agra > Ranthambore National Park

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Explore the World Heritagelisted Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay at the Oberoi Vanyavilas.

magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

Day 13

Jaipur Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

Day 14

Day 10

Jaipur > Nagaur

Ranthambore National Park Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during a private morning and afternoon game drives. Meals: B.L.D

Day 11

Ranthambore National Park > Jaipur Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at the regal Taj Jai Mahal Palace for three nights. Meals: B.L

Day 12

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Nagaur > Jaisalmer

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Continue west into the desert of Rajasthan to the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Take an orientation walk visiting the well-known Patwon-ki Haveli and Salim Sing-ki-Havelis. Your hotel for the next two nights is the distinctive Suryagarh Jaisalmer. Freechoice Dining: Dine on international fare at Nosh or try traditional rajasthani Thali at the specialty restaurant Legends of Marwad. Meals: B.L.D


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Visit the 800-year-old Jaisalmer Fort and Gadsisar Sagar Tank. Enrich Take a camel or camel cart sunset trek across the sand dunes before a torch-lit dinner on the dunes. Meals: B.L.D

Jaisalmer > Jodhpur Continue to the Blue City for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at The Raas, a boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market close by. Meals: B.L

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Take a jeep adventure to nearby Bishnoi Villages and learn about their rural way of life. Enrich Accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of Champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the fort providing an outstanding vantage point. Meals: B.D

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Jodhpur > Narlai

Udaipur

See the rural tribal hamlets whilst driving to the small village of Narlai. Settle into your hotel, the Rawla Narlai, a former hunting lodge. Later, set out on your first jeep safari looking for leopards and peacocks on their morning prowl.

Freechoice: Take a cultural walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built entirely in granite and marble. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola before indulging in your sumptuous private Mewar Terrace farewell dinner. Overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, this is a fitting end to your tour.

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Rise early to watch sunrise over the lake on your jeep safari in hope to view a leopard on their morning prowl. Later, undertake a leisurely walk around town. Enrich Enjoy a drink with a member of the local royal family and then take a bullock cart ride to tonight’s dinner venue and enjoy a delicious dinner by a candlelit 1,100-year-old well. Uniquely romantic. Meals: B.D

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Narlai > Ranakpur > Udaipur

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Extend your journey

Meals: B.D

Day 23

Udaipur Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi (please book onward flights after 9.00pm).

Extend your journey in India with three nights in Mumbai. See scenic.com.au for details.

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 14 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays 52 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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Departure Dates 2020 Jan 12 Feb 23 Oct 04

Tour code: INDD 2021 $27,690 Jan $27,790 Feb $28,490 Oct Nov

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$19,890 $19,990 $20,390

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$20,590 $20,490 $20,690 $20,690

$28,690 $28,590 $28,790 $28,790

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Jewels of India 16 Day Tour

Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai

The Jewels of India come alive Take in the best North India has to offer, from the history and beauty of Jodhpur to the deep spirituality of Varanasi and Sarnath. Peel back the layers of the mesmerising capital Delhi before flying to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi. Spend two days exploring this fascinating place, including a sunset cruise on the mythical Ganges River to release sacred offerings into the river as the ritual of Aarti is performed. Journey to Sarnath to walk through Deer Park, where Buddha is reputed to have first taught his Dharma, or teachings. Travel to Khajuraho, boasting some of the most incredible World Heritage-listed sandstone temples in the world, then stand in awe before the monument to love that is the Taj Mahal. Marvel at the sights of the gorgeous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, enjoy Champagne at the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and wander the streets in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur before relaxing by Lake Pichola in romantic Udaipur.

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1 Overnight

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Rail

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Optional flight

Pushkar Camel Fair Experience India's largest tribal gathering of livestock, traders, farmers and villagers from all over Rajasthan. Taking place in November during the Kartik Purima full moon, the Pushkar Camel Fair is world famous for its spectacle and colour.

City Palace of the Maharaja, Udaipur


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Indian elephant

Musicians will accompany you during your evening Ganges Aarti cruise Enjoy Sundowners drinks overlooking the Taj Mahal and Lake Pichola Attend a ritual in a Shiva Temple Enjoy a Champagne heritage tour of Mehrangarh Fort led by an expert curator Dress in saris, turbans and receive henna tattoos for a special haveli dinner Attend the Pushkar Camel Fair in spring Choose to end your journey in either Delhi or Mumbai

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Jewels of India 16 Day Itinerary Delhi > Delhi/Mumbai Day 01

Delhi Be welcomed to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, the luxurious Leela Palace.

Day 02

Delhi Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy your special welcome dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and enjoy the next two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel. Enrich Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk while listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti. Meals: B.L

Day 04

Varanasi As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Return to your hotel for a morning at leisure.

This afternoon, journey to Sarnath and spend time at one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park. Meals: B.D

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Varanasi > Khajuraho

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Freechoice: Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to witness a ritual to appease the God Shiva. Later, fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at The Lalit Temple View hotel overlooking the iconic temples. Meals: B.D

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Be inspired as you explore exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty, which dominated Central India. Marvel at scenes depicting gods and goddesses, beast and warriors, dancers and musicians and the exotic Kama Sutra carvings for which these Khajuraho temples are most famous. Freechoice: Enjoy a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance. Meals: B.L

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Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town before continuing to Jhansi and boarding a train to Agra. Arrive at your luxurious Special Stay hotel for two nights in Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal. Meals: B.L

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Agra

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Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, sparkles in different colours throughout the day. Later, discover the World Heritagelisted Mughal Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century, and learn about the links between the two attractions. Sundowners Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at Bellevue at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D

Day 09

Agra > Jaipur Wander around the World Heritage-listed site of the Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. Stop and visit Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well. Check into the Taj Jai Mahal Palace for the next two nights. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Jaipur Explore the City Palace and the World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory,

where the remarkable astronomical devices are still used today. View the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life pass by. Experience the art and history of Henna followed and dress in traditional saris and turbans before enjoying dinner in the restored Samode Haveli. Meals: B.L.D

Day 11

Jaipur > Pushkar Begin your day by exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments, the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings. Soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex before driving to Pushkar, home of the famous camel fair. Your home tonight is the Westin Pushkar Resort and Spa hotel. Meals: B.L.D

Day 12

Pushkar > Jodhpur After visiting Pushkar Lake and the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma, continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at The Raas, a boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market within walking distance of your hotel. Meals: B.L


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Chand Baori step well, Abhaneri

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Freechoice: Take a walk This morning take off on a through the markets or jeep adventure to the nearby explore the City Palace, built Bishnoi Villages, learning in granite and marble, and about their rural way of life. the nearby Jagdish Temple. This afternoon time is your Cruise the serene waters own to relax at the hotel or continue to explore the old city of Lake Pichola during the magical hours of dusk. and markets. Sundowners Enrich Reflect on your journey while This evening, accompanied enjoying pre-dinner drinks. by the museum curator, Indulge in your sumptuous enjoy a glass of Champagne private farewell dinner, overlooking the city before decorated with flowers and continuing on an exclusive candles overlooking the walking tour of Mehrangarh magical City Palace and Fort. Dinner is at the Fort Lake Pichola, a fitting end providing an outstanding to your tour. vantage point over the city. Meals: B.D

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Jodhpur > Udaipur Journey to Ranakpur, set in a secluded valley and discover the beautiful and spectacular 15th century Jain Temples. Rising majestically from a hill, the temples are exquisitely carved, boasting marble domes and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. Continue to Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills for your two night stay at the Leela Palace located on the edge of Lake Pichola overlooking the City Palace. Meals: B.L

Udaipur > Delhi/Mumbai Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi. Please book onward flights to depart Delhi after 9.00pm. Alternatively, you can use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension. Meals: B

Mumbai or Nepal extension Extend your journey in India with three nights in Mumbai or Nepal. Visit scenic.com.au for details.

‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay 34 meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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Tour code: INDU 2021 $19,590 Feb 11 $19,590 Nov 04^+ $19,790

Twin share Single

Twin share Single

$14,390 $13,990 $14,390

$14,090 $14,390

$19,490 $19,990

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 ^Pushkar Fair departure. All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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SOUTH INDIA Go with the flow in South India and embrace all this wonderful region has to offer. — A place of coastal charm, lush highlands and delicious cuisine, it’s no wonder the locals are so friendly. Centuries of influence from Jain mysticism to the British colonial era have converged to create a region of great diversity and distinction. Explore thousandyear-old temples, wildlife reserves teeming with life, the beauty of Kochi Harbour and the laid-back world of the Kerala Backwaters.

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Grand Discovery of India 16/29 Day Tour

Delhi > Kochi

A sub-continent like no other Revel in the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary country in one thrilling journey. Discover the grandeur of North India as you journey around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Continue to spiritual Varanasi, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the incredible Taj Mahal. Your journey then heads south as you explore the British colonial history of Bangalore and Mysore, the lush highlands ofDelhi Coorg 2and Kabini and cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters. 21

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2 Bylekuppe 2 Mysore

Bekal Coorg Kabini 2

Khajuraho

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Red Fort, Agra

Kerala

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Kochi

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Land

Rail

Included flight

Tipu Sultan Summer Palace The Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, also known as the Tiger of Mysore, who ruled until 1799, is a must-see. A great example of Indo-Islamic architecture, it features beautiful floral motifs and an intriguing museum with relics from the Sultan’s era.

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The Scenic Difference:

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Musicians during evening Ganges Aarti cruise Enjoy sundowner drinks overlooking the Taj Mahal and Kabini River Pool villas in the Eco lodges in Coorg and Kabini Enjoy a home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers Enjoy eating dinner with a local family in Mysore Be in attendance for the weekly illumination of the Mysore Palace Undertake safaris in Ranthambore and Nagharhole National Parks Option to overnight in a kettuvallam house boat in Kumarakom To find out more visit scenic.com.au, call 138 128 or contact your nearest Scenic Agent


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Grand Discovery of India 16/29 Day Itinerary Delhi > Kochi Day 01

Day 05

Delhi

Varanasi > Khajuraho

We welcome you to North India and your hotel for the next two nights, the luxurious Leela Palace.

Day 02

Delhi Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. Meals: B.L.D

Day 03

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Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and spend the next two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel. Enrich Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk while listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti. Meals: B.L

Day 04

Varanasi As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. This afternoon travel to Sarnath and spend time at one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park. Meals: B.D

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Freechoice: Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek, a ritual to appease the God Shiva. Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at The Lalit Temple View hotel overlooking the iconic temples. Meals: B.D

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Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous. Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance. Meals: B.L

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Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra, arriving in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel, the Oberoi Amarvilas, located only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal. Meals: B.L

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Agra

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Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Sundowners Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel. Meals: B.L.D

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Agra > Ranthambore National Park

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Explore the World Heritagelisted Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay at the Oberoi Vanyavilas. Meals: B.L.D

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Ranthambore National Park

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Jaipur

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Visit the City Palace, which is home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century. Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel. Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer fort whilst dining at 1136 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

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Jaipur Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Meals: B.L.D Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for Day 14 the elusive Bengal tiger during Jaipur > Bangalore your private morning and Fly to South India via New afternoon game drives. Delhi to enjoy your two night Meals: B.L.D stay at the Taj West End Hotel.

Day 11

Ranthambore National Park > Jaipur Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Afterwards stop for lunch at the Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at the regal Taj Jai Mahal Palace for three nights. Meals: B.L

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Guests on the 16 Day Southern India Discovery tour (Tour code: INSD) arrive in Bangalore today.

Day 15

Bangalore Visit the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, then drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards and learn about the art of making wine. Meals: B.L.D


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Bangalore > Bekal Fly to Mangalore and onto Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during a two night stay at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa. Meals: B.D

Sundowners Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés. Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

Day 17

Meals: B.L

Bekal

Day 21

During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

Kabini

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Bekal > Coorg

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Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay at the Evolve Back Resort Coorg, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of a working coffee and spice plantation.

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Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River. Meals: B.D

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Kabini > Mysore

Leave for Mysore, known for its glittering royal heritage and colonial buildings before checking into the Radisson Blu Plaza Mysore for two Meals: B.L.D nights. Later, visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and Day 19 St. Philomena’s Church. Coorg Return to Mysore Palace to In a Kodava village interact view the magnificent weekly with the locals and appreciate illumination of approximately their age-old culture and 97,000 lightbulbs. traditional houses. Meals: B.L.D Enrich Day 23 After learning about their Mysore culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch Freechoice: Enjoy a morning with the villagers. walk through Devaraja Market Meals: B.L.D or learn about the handpainted Indian card game Day 20 called Ganjifa. Coorg > Bylekuppe > Drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital Kabini of the Tipu Sultan. Drive to Kabini, the base Enrich for exploring Nagharhole Enjoy dinner with a local National Park and your family in Mysore related to two night Special Stay at the former royal family. the luxurious Jacuzzi Hut The host has converted lodges of the Evolve Back most of the rooms of her Resort Kabini. En route home into a colourful local visit Bylekuppe Monastery, school for children. the second largest Tibetan Meals: B.D settlement outside Tibet.

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Grand Discovery of India 16/29 Day Itinerary Delhi > Kochi Day 24

Mysore > Bangalore > Kochi

Luxury Houseboat

Visit Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for a flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into the Brunton Boatyard, your beautiful colonial-era home for the next three nights.

Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom Day 25 on board a houseboat and Kochi cruise through the lakes Head down to the harbour and backwaters past small and watch the local fishermen villages to witness local life. expertly handling the Chinese Included at no extra cost but fishing nets. Discover the must be pre-booked. different colonial influences Meals: B.L.D during your tour of Fort Kochi, Day 28 then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Kumarakom Synagogue. In the evening, Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s witness a traditional Farm and enjoy a Keralan Kathakali performance, a cooking class and lunch, or highly evolved classical form unwind with a traditional of dance, drama and music. Ayurveda massage before Meals: B.L

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Kochi

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Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities. Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise try Dolphins Point multi-cuisine barbeque and grill.

lunch at the resort. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Kumarakom > Kochi Take away wonderful memories of your Indian adventures as your journey concludes with your transfer to Kochi airport.

Holy man, Varanasi

5-star luxury inclusions:

The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 20 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 2 Scenic Sundowners events 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays 68 meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 20 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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29 Day Itinerary Delhi > Kochi

Enquire about adding a Singapore Stopover to this itinerary. See scenic.com.au for details.

2020 Departures Twin share Single Jan Oct

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Tour code: INGD 2021 Departures Twin share Single

$23,290 $31,690 Jan 17 $23,390 $32,090 Oct 03+

16 Day Itinerary Bangalore > Kochi 2020 Departures Twin share Single Jan Oct

25 17

$23,690 $32,590 $23,490 $32,190

Tour code: INSD 2021 Departures Twin share Single

$11,690 $15,390 Jan 30 $10,890 $14,490 Oct 16+

$11,190 $14,990 $11,090 $14,690

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.


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Southern India Odyssey Bangalore > Chennai

16/26 Day Tour

Southern sojourn Enjoy an in-depth exploration of South India’s many wonders during this 26 day journey of discovery. Rich in colonial history and flush with spectacular scenery and wildlife, this itinerary is the ideal way to see the whole of this incredible region. Start in Bangalore, heavily influenced by its British colonial history. From there, the amazing wildlife of Nagharhole National Park and the lush highlands of Coorg beckon, before you embrace your spiritual side during a visit to Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet. Arriving in Mysore, join a local family for dinner and witness the city’s impressive illuminated palace. Explore the coastal city of Kochi before heading to the famous Kerala Backwaters, one of the world’s great waterways. Opportunities for wildlife spotting abound in Periyar National Park, while in Tamil Nadu you can enjoy several days exploring local temples, culture and traditional life. From French-influenced Puducherry, head to Chennai where your southern sojourn concludes.

Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Mangalore Karnataka

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Chennai 2

2

Mamallapuram

2 Bylekuppe 2 Mysore (Mysuru)

Bekal Coorg Kabini 2

2

Tamil Nadu

Kerala Kochi 3 Kumarakom

2

Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)

Puducherry Tanjore

1 (Thanjavur) Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Madurai

2

Chettinad

2 (Karaikudi)

1 Periyar National Park

1 Overnight

Land

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Nagharhole National Park Nagharhole National Park is one of the last remaining and best protected habitats in South India for endangered species like elephants and tigers. Explore this beautiful park from your base and Scenic Special Stay at the Evolve Back Resort Kabini.

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Enjoy Sundowners overlooking the Kabini River Enjoy a home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers Enjoy eating dinner with a local family in Mysore Be in attendance for the weekly illumination of the Mysore Palace Undertake safaris in Periyar and Nagharhole Option to overnight in a kettuvallam house boat Try bullock cart rides in Chettinad Enjoy a Bharattnatayam classical dance performance See the art of ancient bronze wax casting Stay in restored merchant and heritage style houses To find out more visit scenic.com.au, call 138 128 or contact your nearest Scenic Agent


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Southern India Odyssey 16/26 Day Itinerary Bangalore > Chennai Day 01

Day 06

Bangalore

Coorg

Be welcomed to South India and your hotel for two nights, the Taj West End Hotel.

This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses. Enrich After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

Day 02

Bangalore Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking. Meals: B.L.D

Day 03

Bangalore > Bekal Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa. Meals: B.D

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Bekal During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

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Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay at the luxurious Jacuzzi Hut lodges of the Evolve Back Resort Kabini. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. Sundowners Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés. Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife. Meals: B.L

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Kabini > Mysore Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into the Radisson Blu Plaza Mysore for two nights.

Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities. Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill. Meals: B.L.D

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Kochi > Kumarakom After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and the Coconut Lagoon, your home for the next two nights.

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Mysore > Bangalore > Kochi Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into the Brunton Boatyard, your beautiful colonial-era home for the next three nights. Meals: B.L

Guests on the 16 Day Colours of South India tour (Tour code: INSI) arrive today in Kochi.

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Kochi Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music. Meals: B.L.D

Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked. Meals: B.L.D

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Kumarakom > Periyar National Park Ascend into the highlands to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in Thekkady, this wildlife reserve is known for its elephant population. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Your overnight stay is at Spice Village. Meals: B.L.D

Guests on the 16 Day Southern India Discovery tour (Tour code: INSD) depart today and transfer to Kochi airport.

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Freechoice: Join an early morning guided jungle walk in the reserve or take a jeep tour through the surrounding countryside, passing local spice farms and plantations, for panoramic views over Tamil Nadu. Enrich Wander through a small family-owned spice plantation and learn how spices grow before enjoying a lunch prepared by the family. Cross into Tamil Nadu, the ‘State of Temples’ and drive to Madurai, known as the ‘Athens of the East’. Tonight relax at The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai. Meals: B.L.D

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Madurai Rise early for a walk through the heritage section of town to witness the early morning rituals. Later, wander through the local flower and vegetable market and the weavers market. An impressive sight awaits as you visit one of South India’s biggest pilgrimage sites, the Sri Meenakshi Temple, dating from the 1500s.

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Dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva, its nine towering gopurams – or monumental gates – and 12 towers rise high above the surrounding countryside. This evening return by tuk tuk to this magnificent Hindu temple to witness the rituals and celebration of the evening puja ceremony. Meals: B.L

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Madurai > Chettinad Drive to the small village of Karaikudi, located in the area known as ‘Chettinad’. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) amassed fortunes from their roles as bankers, building remarkable homes. Experience a bullock cart ride through the narrow streets exploring the charm and faded elegance of colonial bungalows and merchant houses, stopping for a weaving demonstration en route. Stay at the beautifully restored Art Deco mansion, the Visalam, for the next two nights. Meals: B.L.D

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Witness ‘Kolam making’, colourful designs made with dyed rice, before visiting a pottery village to watch the colourful local tiles called Athangudi being crafted by hand. This afternoon, take a heritage walk and visit Chettinad Palace. Enrich Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration of Chettinad’s unique cuisine before a private Bharattnatayam classical dance performance, one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Settle back and feast on a typical Chettinad wedding dinner menu. Meals: B.L.D

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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Chettinad > Trichy > Tanjore

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Discover the World Heritage-listed 11th century Brihadishvara Temple. Enrich See a demonstration by master craftsmen on the ancient art of lost-wax casting. Also known as ‘precision casting’ or ‘cire perdue’ in French, it is a method of bronze casting dating back 5,700 years. Later, drive to the pretty seaside town of Puducherry, the former capital of the French territories in India, then known as Pondicherry. Stay at the romantic Palais de Mahe, a beautiful tribute to the town’s French legacy. Meals: B.L.D

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Puducherry Learn how the local Tamil population successfully assimilated French culture with their own during a heritage walking tour. Stroll past charming Tamil and colonial fusion architecture and visit the Aurobindo Ashram.

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En route to Chennai stop at Mamallapuram to explore the spectacular World Heritagelisted Shore Temples. In Chennai, check into the beautiful Leela Palace for a two night Special Stay. Freechoice Dining: Dine on international cuisine at Spectra or China XO, featuring the flavours of China. Alternatively try Jamavar, specialising in Indian cuisine. Meals: B.L.D

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Chennai Transfer to Chennai airport and depart South India with wonderful memories. Meals: B

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Hindu temple, Kanchipuram

5-star luxury inclusions:

he intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of T 24 guests 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 20 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays 66 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 20 lunches (L) and 21 dinners (D) Expert Tour Director All internal transport Return airport transfers All tipping and gratuities

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26 Day Itinerary Bangalore > Chennai 2020 Departures Twin share Single Jan 25 Oct 17

16 Day Itinerary Bangalore > Kochi Jan 25 Oct 17

Meals: B.L.D

Enquire about adding a Singapore Stopover to this itinerary. See scenic.com.au for details. Follow this link to explore India with Livinia Nixon from Getaway @ scenic.com.au/ind22

Tour code: INSD

$11,690 $15,390 Jan 30 $10,890 $14,490 Oct 16+

2020 Departures Twin share Single

$17,490 $23,090 $16,990 $22,290

2021 Departures Twin share Single

16 Day Itinerary Kochi > Chennai Feb 04 Oct 27

Tour code: INSO

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Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000 All prices are per person and include taxes and charges. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.


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Scenic Aura, Sagaing, Myanmar

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SOUTH EAST ASIA RIVER CRUISING Discover the fascinating waterways of South East Asia from the elegant surrounds of your 5-star boutique Scenic Ship. — The ever changing view will offer a true insight into the beating heart of this intriguing region. From vibrant cities to charming riverside communities, bustling markets to the peaceful chanting of monks, every day there is something to captivate along the Mekong. A journey along the Irrawaddy is the perfect way to reveal Myanmar’s hidden treasures, which for years were only know to the most intrepid of travellers.


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Designed to encapsulate the essence of South East Asia, our small, boutique vessels Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura represent a stylish connection between tradition and innovation. They are the most luxurious and spacious ships sailing the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers.

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Scenic’s commitment to excellence has ensured our ships feature an unparalleled attention to detail, from the wooden floors that are cool underfoot (even on the hottest days), to the on board guest elevator on the Scenic Spirit and Teppanyaki Bar on Scenic Aura. Catering for just 68 and 44 guests respectively, Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura offer a uniquely intimate cruise experience and feature world-class facilities. From the Sun Deck with bar and the resort-style pool, to the sumptuous spa* and Wellness Centre, state-of-the-art gym and beauty salon*, every conceivable need has been catered for. For those who prefer to unwind in private, every suite has its own separate bedroom and living room and an exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge, which converts to a private balcony at the touch of a button. Those feeling more social can mingle in the resort-style pools or sip a cocktail at one of the outdoor bars. With up to four on board dining options, you’ll also be spoilt for choice whether you choose to indulge in a speciality regional dish, local street food or enjoy your favourite Western-style meal. Watch a guided walk-through of Scenic Spirit @ scenic.com.au/sea26

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Both Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura feature luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites throughout, offering a private view of the changing scenery. With an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, your time on board will be one of unparalleled intimacy and world-class indulgence. B

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Treasures of the Mekong Scenic Spirit

A waterway unlike any other The essential dynamism of South East Asia is unveiled as you travel from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The way of life on this extraordinarily diverse waterway will wrap itself around your heart, leaving you with a greater understanding of the marvellous Mekong. Search out the 12th-century masterpiece that is Angkor Wat, before embarking on your cruise towards Vietnam. Along the way take in the wonders of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Zoom along the waterfront in a tuk tuk, visit the Royal Palace, then return to the all-inclusive luxury of your ship and glide over the border into Vietnam. Travel on local sampans and discover the historic towns of Tan Chau and Sa Dec before winding your way to lively Ho Chi Minh City. 13 Day Tour & Cruise

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Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting Pouk Silk Farm. Later, visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City Enrich Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Meals: B.L

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Enrich Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a Champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school. Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Enrich Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins. Meals: B.D

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Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits. Meals: B.L.D

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Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

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Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham. Freechoice: Learn the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. Meals: B.L.D

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Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

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Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge,

and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns. Enrich Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda, before partaking in a ceremony which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks. Later, sail downstream to Koh Dach Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh. Sundowners Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset. Enrich Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors. Meals: B.L.D

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Phnom Penh > Tan Chau Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. This afternoon, take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Meals: B.L.D

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Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to explore the Reunification Palace. Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner.

Revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.

Meals: B.L.D

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Ho Chi Minh City Depart with many cherished memories.

5-star luxury inclusions: 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

Meals: B

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Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the War Museum before an orientation tour around the Intercontinental Saigon, your hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, or a meal in the surroundings of an old colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at one of your hotel’s restaurants.

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Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market, before stopping at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le. Freechoice: Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively, savour

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afternoon tea at a French colonial house or learn how to make cocktails on board. Enjoy dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

Meals: B.L.D

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#Departures in Nov 2019-May 2020 follow the 2019/2020 season itinerary. See scenic.com.au for dates and prices for VIMS.1

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking): $1,000

All prices are per person, twin share and include taxes and charges. Cruise price based on Category CA Deluxe Suite. Single Supplement price on application. + Itineraries are subject to change in 2021/2022 brochure. For all other terms and conditions please refer to pages 134 and 135.

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Please note: The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons.

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Mystical Irrawaddy Scenic Aura in Magwe

A glorious patchwork of treasures This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the traditional culture of the friendliest people on earth. After exploring Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Bagan to board the latest custom-built ship in Scenic’s fleet. Scenic Aura will take you on a very special voyage revealing the vast diversity and richness of the many influences that have shaped Myanmar. 14 Day Tour & Cruise

Yangon > Yangon

to the Italian built Minhla Fort. Meals: B.L.D

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Sailing > Salay Make use of the ship’s facilities and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during a full day sailing upstream to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Embark a local train for a ride around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, enjoy a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village. Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Enrich As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition. This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access. Meals: B.L

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Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the Ananda Temple. Afterwards, step on board the luxurious Scenic Aura. Meals: B.L.D

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Sailing > Magwe Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe, arriving later this afternoon. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura.

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Magwe > Minhla Fort Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream

Meals: B.L.D

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On your morning walking tour admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. Enrich Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a colonial villa dating back to 1906. Continue sailing upstream to Bagan.

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take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan. Enrich Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of candlelit Bagan temple ruins.

Bagan > Pakkoku Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight

Choose to experience a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes (additional cost and subject to availability, must be booked prior to departure). Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and a longyi and blanket factory. Meals: B.L.D


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Yandabo

Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

Arrive in Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the artisans honing their craft. Continue sailing to Mingun. Meals: B.L.D

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Mingun In Mingun discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the uncracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Meals: B.L.D

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After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace. Enrich Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Mandalay Hill Resort where you will stay tonight.

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Mandalay > Yangon Transfer to the airport and fly to Yangon to connect with your journey home.

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5-star luxury inclusions: 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

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Please note: The Irrawaddy River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons.

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TOUR & TRAVEL INFORMATION On the following pages you’ll find further information about your Scenic experience, including: — all the particulars about our Scenic Club, details on the fine hotels we stay in and a comprehensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities and dining. If you wish to know anything else, feel free to contact us on 138 128 or via scenic.com.au/contact and we’ll be happy to help. We’re confident that you won’t want for anything, but rest assured, if you do, your Scenic crew will be on hand to assist, day or night.


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Greater Rewards At Scenic, a little loyalty goes a long way, and a lot goes even further. With our portfolio of land touring, river cruising and ocean cruising product we realise that while guests’ journeys may be similar, they should be rewarded differently. So the more you travel with us, the greater the rewards. Membership is free. Guests will receive a minimum of 100 Scenic Status Points for each paid tour day on any Scenic journey. And when travelling on a Scenic river cruise or an ocean cruise onboard Scenic Eclipse, The Worlds First Discovery Yachts™, guests will be rewarded by earning additional points according to the deck travelled and suite category booked.

Qualify after your first paid trip.

Qualify after earning 5,000 Points.

Qualify after earning 10,000 Points.

Qualify after earning 25,000 Points.


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Thank You voucher* to redeem on a guest’s next cruise or tour - if only one tour in the reservation≈

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Thank You voucher* to redeem on a guest’s next cruise or tour - if two or more tours are booked in the same reservation≈

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Share With A Friend voucher, entitling any new guest referral to a discount. The referring guest will earn a $200 Referral Credit when this voucher is redeemed and deposited*. If two or more tours are booked in the same reservation guests will receive two vouchers≈ Choice of a Scenic Club merchandise or luggage received prior to every trip^≈ Dedicated members only help desk, for a quick response to any queries, issues or requests Member only offers on selected itineraries

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Exclusive Scenic Club Emerald events

Complimentary limousine transfers before and after travel (location and distance restrictions apply). Alternatively, guests can enjoy one night complimentary hotel stay if the limousine is not available at their location, or a $50 each way* transfer credit per guest≈

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* Conditions apply. For the most up-to-date details of member benefits and terms and conditions, please visit the Scenic website. All benefits of the loyalty program are subject to availability and may be subject to change. We reserve the right to modify, replace or remove any aspect of the program without notice. ≈Available on trips of 7 days or more only. ^ Select via Tour Personaliser eight weeks prior to departure tp.scenicglobal.com + The 20 days required to qualify for this benefit can be made up of the total paid days for travel, so can include paid add-on days, such as stopovers, tour extensions and/or back-to-back tours. Hotels available for this benefit are subject to change. ° Gift card is a pre-loaded visa card with $100 credit.

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Yangshuo, China

Banyan Tree Yangshuo Set against a backdrop of emerald rice fields, mistshrouded limestone mountains, meandering rivers and curious caves, Banyan Tree Yangshuo is pure understated elegance.

Shanghai, China

Lijiang, China

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Experience old world opulence and modern luxury, an excellent selection of dining options, surrounded by extensive gardens and views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Fairmont Peace Hotel Blending old fashioned glamour and modern amenities, this Art Deco hotel on the famous Bund promenade and Nanjing shopping precinct offers impeccable service and a luxurious stay catering to every indulgence.

Hakone, Japan

Hotel de Yama Offering views of Lake Ashi from all guest rooms, this classical resort style hotel features beautiful gardens throughout the four seasons and a traditional in-house hotspring public bath.

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Udaipur, India

Taj Lake Palace (Tour code INDD) Surrounded by views of the lake, city palaces and the Aravalli Mountains, the Taj Lake Palace offers simplicity, elegance and attention to detail. Guest rooms showcase the finest modern craftsmanship, yet never leave their heritage behind.

Chennai, India

The Leela Palace Chennai Set on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar River, The Leela Palace is Chennai’s only seafront city hotel. Inspired by the Chettinad dynasty, the architecture of the Palace Hotel exudes a regal and opulent style.

Agra, India

Oberoi Amarvilãs Among the leading hotels of the world, Oberoi Amarvilãs offers breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from all rooms, the lobby, bar and lounge. Built in a style inspired by Mughal architecture, the hotel is a splendid display of terraced lawns and gardens, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions.

Coorg, India

Evolve Back Resort Coorg Ensconced in the comforts of a lush plantation paradise, Evolve Back Resort Coorg is perfumed with the aroma of coffee and spice. Your Lily Pool Villa boasts a separate living room and your own swimming pool.

Kabini, India

Evolve Back Resort Kabini Expect a wildlife experience like no other. Inspired by tribal villages, Evolve Back Resort Kabini with sweeping panoramic vistas, is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River.


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Shanghai, China

Fairmont Peace Hotel Located on Shanghai’s famous Bund, beside the Huangpu River, and Nanjing Road shopping street, the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel combines art deco style and old world elegance. Bask in the soothing luxury of the hotel’s indulgent guest rooms. From $210

Beijing, China

Pan Pacific Beijing Combining luxurious furnishings and modern facilities with Chinese elegance, the Pan Pacific Beijing is conveniently located minutes from the Forbidden City and the financial district. Guest rooms feature separate shower and deep bath tub, city views and complimentary internet. From $160

Chengdu, China

Shangri-La Chengdu A modern sanctuary awaits in an ancient capital. Located in the city centre, this luxury property boasts modern grandeur with legendary Shangri-La hospitality. The guest rooms offer spacious comfort with a contemporary style and luxuriously appointed amenities. From $185

Tokyo, Japan

Capitol Hotel Tokyu A tranquil haven located in the heart of Tokyo. The Capitol Hotel Tokyu offers a modern take intertwined with traditional Japanese furnishings and features a wide range of facilities including restaurants/bars, a spa, fitness club and a large swimming pool. From $555

Osaka, Japan

Hilton Osaka Situated in the heart of the business district, connected to a large shopping mall, the Hilton Osaka offers modern amenities, large windows and beautiful views over the city from your Executive Room. From $535

Fukuoka, Japan

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Connected to Canal City Hakata entertainment and shopping complex, the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka offers modern design and a range of services including fitness centre and spa, complimentary Wi-Fi and handy smartphone. From $320

Seoul, South Korea

LOTTE Hotel Executive Tower, Seoul A stylish and modern property located in the excitement of the Seoul city centre. Step into elegant surroundings with luxuriously appointed rooms with premium bedding and high speed Wi-Fi from the Executive Tower of this astonishing property. Stay in Executive Class rooms with club access. From $350

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Delhi, India

The Leela Palace New Delhi Near historical monuments in New Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave, The Leela Palace New Delhi is a modern palace hotel, blending Lutyen’s architecture and royal Indian culture. The elegant rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden furnishings. From $370

Bangalore, India

Taj West End Surrounded by a lush garden featuring 150-year-old trees, the Taj West End is located in the centre of Bangalore, combining luxurious amenities, rich history and modern conveniences. From $275

Chennai, India

The Leela Palace Chennai Set at the confluence of the Adyar River and the Bay of Bengal, the Leela Palace is elegantly appointed, blending regal opulence with modern technology. From $190

Udaipur, India

The Leela Palace Udaipur (Tour code INDU) Luxury awaits at The Leela Palace Udaipur with stunning views of the City Palace or Lake Pichola. Rooms feature local artwork and fine Indian carpets and offer modern amenities. From $665

Udaipur, India

Taj Lake Palace (Tour code INDD) One of the most romantic hotels in the world, this iconic grand white palace was built in 1746 and is located in the middle of Lake Pichola. With the Aravalli Mountains and the majestic city palaces as backdrops, the Lake Palace views are sensational. From $785

Kochi, India

Brunton Boatyard Set beside the historic harbour and Chinese fishing nets, this converted boatyard is steeped in history. Like a huge colonial plantation owner’s house, the appeal of Brunton Boatyard lies in its open walkways and fine South Indian cuisine. From $375

Mumbai, India

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, the Taj has played host to Maharajas and dignitaries from across the globe. Stylishly appointed guest rooms offer a blend of old world elegance and modern facilities. From $300

Kumarakom, India

Coconut Lagoon Amidst coconut groves and backwater canals, Coconut Lagoon features painstakingly restored wooden Keralan mansions or ‘tharavads’, transplanted, preserved and cherished. From $195

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Terms & Conditions 1. Contract 1.1 These terms and conditions (“Conditions”) form the basis of the contract between You and Scenic Tours Pty Limited (“Scenic”, “We”, “Us” or “Our”) (“Contract”). It is important that You read the Contract carefully to ensure that You understand Your rights and obligations. Your Contract may also include additional terms and conditions applicable to a special offer or promotion, and/or, depending on your Tour, Destination Specific Terms. 1.2 If Your Tour includes a Cruise, You will also be subject to the Cruise Conditions. 1.3 You confirm Your understanding and acceptance of the Conditions and the Contract by paying Your Booking Deposit or otherwise paying any part of the price of Your Tour. If you do not understand and accept the Conditions and the terms of the Contract, you should not make any payment to Us and in this case, we will cancel Your Booking in accordance with clause 3.3. 1.4 If You make a Booking on behalf of any other person, You represent to Us that You have their authority to make the Booking on their behalf and to legally bind them to the terms of the Contract, including the Conditions. Each reference to “You”, “Your”, “Guest” or “Passenger” means the person who makes the Booking and each other person covered by the Booking. 1.5 Your Itinerary does not form part of the Contract. 1.6 We may amend these Conditions from time to time. If We amend the Conditions, We will publish the amended version on Our Website. We will also provide the current version of the Conditions to You upon request. You will be bound by the current version of the Conditions at the time You make Your Booking. 1.7 If Your Tour includes a Cruise, Your transportation on any river cruise vessel during Your Tour, will also be subject to the terms and conditions of the Operator of the vessel (“Operator Conditions”). Although the Operator may be related to Us, it is a separate legal entity and business and You will enter a separate contract (based on the Operator Conditions) with each Operator. The Operator Conditions are published on Our Website and are also available on request by contacting one of our team at the Customer Service Contact Address. It is important that You read the Operator Conditions carefully to ensure that You understand Your rights and obligations under them. You confirm Your understanding and acceptance of the Operator Conditions by paying Your Booking Deposit or otherwise paying any part of the price of Your Tour to Us. 1.8 All travel involves risks. We strongly recommend You take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover You against risks associated with Your Tour including cover for loss of luggage, medical expenses and costs and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays or other disruptions. 2. Meaning of Words In these Conditions, the following words and expressions have the following meanings: (a) “Booking” means the booking You have made with Us for the Tour. (b) “Booking Deposit” means a booking deposit in an amount which We have notified You before You make Your Booking; (c) “Cruise” means a cruise constituting or forming part of Your Tour; (d) “Cruise Conditions” means the Operator’s conditions of carriage for a river cruise vessel, which are available on our Website and otherwise on request to Us. (e) “Cruise Director” means any person designated by Us as the cruise director for any Cruise. (f) “Customer Service Contact Address” means the details for contacting Us set out in clause 13.1 of the Conditions. (g) “Deposit Protection Plan” means Our deposit protection plan as set out on Our Website. (h) “Destination Specific Terms” means terms and conditions specific to a particular Tour, as published in the Tour Brochure or on Our Website for the relevant Tour, or, where applicable, set out in clause 14 of these Conditions. (i) “Force Majeure Event” means any act of God, war, terrorism, fire, flood or any other extreme weather conditions, loss of power, epidemics or pandemics, industrial disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities, riots or civil disturbances, acts of government, semi government or other authorities, inability to obtain any necessary licence or consent and delays caused by subcontractors, suppliers or other third parties (including telecommunications carriers), material shortages or other disruption to the Tour beyond Our control. (j) “Guest Contact Details” means Your contact details which You have provided to Us at the time of making Your Booking, as amended by any written notice You may provide to Us from time to time in accordance with clause 13.4 of these Conditions. (k) “Itinerary” means the Itinerary for Your Tour issued by Us, subject to any amendments made by Us from time to time in accordance with the Contract. (l) “Operator” means the owner or operator of a river cruise vessel, who is a separate legal entity and business, whether or not related to Us. (m) “Personal Information” means information about You and any other person for whom You make a Booking, including Your name, address, phone number and other contact details, details of Your next of kin, Your passport number, credit or debit card details, and information about Your health, medical needs, dietary requirements and any disabilities or other special requirements. (n) “Service Provider” means any independent contractor engaged by Us to provide a Tour or any part of a Tour, and includes an Operator. (o) “Tour” means a tour or journey package offered or provided by Us. (p) “Tour Brochure” means the brochure for Your Tour published by Us in hard copy or electronically and includes any amendments notified on Our Website from time to time. (q) “Tour Departure Date” means the scheduled departure date for the Tour set out in Your Itinerary. (r) “Tour Director” means any person designated by Us as the tour director for Your Tour. (s) “Tour Price” means the total amount payable by You for the Tour. It includes the Booking Deposit. (t) “Validity Period” means in respect of a Tour Brochure, the validity period stated in that brochure. (u) “Website” means Scenic’s website at www.scenic.com.au. (v) “Your Tour” means the Tour You have booked with Us, as outlined in Your Itinerary 3. Booking and Payment 3.1 You may make a Booking directly with Us or through a travel agent. Your Booking will be confirmed only when We have received: (a) Your Booking Deposit; or (b) if Your Booking is made 90 days or less before the Tour Departure Date, the Tour Price and all other amounts payable under the Contract. 3.2 Except as indicated in clause 3.8, We will notify You of the Tour Price and provide You with Your Itinerary at the time of making Your Booking. 3.3 You must pay Your Booking Deposit within 7 days after making Your Booking. If We do not receive Your Booking Deposit within 7 days after You make Your Booking, We will automatically cancel Your Booking without further notice to You. 3.4 If You have made Your Booking through a travel agent, Your travel agent should forward Your Booking Deposit or Tour Price to Us on Your behalf. However, payments by You to Your travel agent are not considered to be payments by You to Us. We will consider payment has been received by Us only when We receive payment from Your travel agent. 3.5 Any accommodation, sightseeing or flights We book for You separately to those stated in Your Itinerary are not included in the Booking Deposit or Tour Price and You must pay both the deposit and full costs for such additional services separately to the Booking Deposit and Tour Price at the time which

We notify You at or before You make Your Booking. Any requests for such additional services will not be processed until Your Booking Deposit is paid in full. 3.6 For some special offers, We may require payment of a further deposit before the balance of the Tour Price is due. We will notify You of any such requirement before You complete Your Booking and will confirm the payment details when we confirm Your Booking. You must make payment by the date notified by Us. 3.7 Except as required by law or in accordance with the Deposit Protection Plan, Booking Deposits are not refundable and are not transferable to other Tours or Bookings. 3.8 If You make Your Booking within 90 days of Your Tour Departure Date, You must pay Your Booking Deposit before We can process Your Booking and confirm Your Tour Price. Your Booking is not confirmed until You have paid the Tour Price. We will notify You of the Tour Price promptly after We have calculated it. If You do not confirm Your acceptance of the Tour Price in writing within 7 days of receipt of notification from Us, You will be deemed to have rejected the Tour Price. If You notify Us that You have rejected the Tour Price or if You are deemed to have rejected the Tour Price, We will cancel Your Booking and refund Your Booking Deposit. If You accept the Tour Price, You must pay the outstanding Tour Price within 24 hours of Us notifying You of the Tour Price, or We will cancel Your Booking and retain Your Booking Deposit. 3.9 If clause 3.8 does not apply, You must pay to Us the balance of the Tour Price and all other amounts payable under the Contract no later than 100 days before the Tour Departure Date. If Your Tour includes a Cruise You must pay the balance of the Tour Price to Us no later than 120 days before the Tour Departure Date. 3.10 If You wish to change any incidental component of Your Booking, such as any pre or post-tour accommodation or add-ons, You must contact Us. We may accept or reject Your request at Our absolute discretion and if We accept, You must pay a change fee to Us for each change in accordance with clause 4.7(b) and any additional costs resulting from the change. Additional costs may include additional overnight accommodation required as a result of any change to Your flights. 3.11 You may cancel a Booking by sending Us written notice of cancellation at the Customer Service Contact Address. If You cancel a Booking You will be liable to pay a cancellation fee in accordance with clause 4.8. 3.12 A name change for a Guest or a change to the Tour Departure Date is considered a cancellation of the original Booking. 4. Prices, inclusions and fees 4.1 All Tour Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars. 4.2 If You pay Us by credit card, a surcharge will be added with the surcharge amount being advised at the time of payment. There is no surcharge for payments made by cash, cheque or direct transfer to Our nominated bank account. 4.3 Your Tour Price includes all coach, rail and cruise travel set out in the Itinerary; the services of a Cruise Director (if applicable) and/or Tour Director; airport transfers outside Australia; meals as specified in Your Itinerary; economy class group flights and air taxes as set out in your Itinerary; accommodation; sightseeing and admissions, where stated in Your Itinerary; port charges; all gratuities and tipping on land tours; and any other specific inclusions identified in Your Itinerary. 4.4 Unless expressly listed in Your Itinerary as an inclusion, Your Tour Price does not include airfares; airline taxes; shore excursions on ocean cruises; additional optional activities; accommodation upgrades; meals not specified in Your Itinerary; drinks; laundry; passport fees; visas; vaccinations; medical assistance; government taxes and charges (excluding GST); or any items or expenses of a personal nature. 4.5 Unless stated as an inclusion in Your itinerary, overnight accommodation required to meet Your Tour and/or any flight connections are not included in the Tour Price and will be at Your expense. 4.6 We reserve the right not to honour any published prices that We determine were erroneous due to printing, electronic, or clerical error. If You make a Booking based on erroneous pricing, We will offer You the option of cancelling the Booking and receiving a refund of any amount paid by You or confirming the Booking by paying the difference between the erroneous price and the correct price, as determined by Us. 4.7 The following Fees are payable in addition to the Tour Price: (a) If You book 21 days or less before the Tour Departure Date, You must pay a late booking fee of $50.00 per Booking. (b) If You change Your Booking, other than by varying the Tour Departure Date, You must pay a change fee of $50.00 per Booking. This fee is on account of administrative expenses incurred by Us in changing Your Tour and is a genuine and reasonable estimate of Our expenses. 4.8 If You cancel Your Tour for any reason prior to Your Tour Departure Date (including by changing Your Tour Departure Date or the name of a Guest), You will be liable for the following cancellation fee: Days of notice prior to Cancellation charge (per person) Tour/journey commencement 91 days and over Loss of deposit 90 to 62 days 50% of Tour Price 61 days and less 100% of Tour Price You may also be liable to pay cancellation fees to airlines and other third parties. 4.9 We may vary Your Tour Price at any time before You have paid the Tour Price in full to the extent necessary to meet any increase in the Tour costs for reasons outside Our control, including airfares, fuel, government taxes and charges, exchange rate fluctuations or other Tour related costs or tariffs. We will not vary the Tour Price after We have received the total Tour Price from You, regardless of any increases in the costs incurred by Us. We will notify You of any such variation using the Guest Contact Details. 4.10 You are responsible for and must pay for all costs and expenses incurred by You as a result of any change made by You to Your Itinerary after Your Tour Departure Date. This includes changes due to illness or other personal reasons. 5. Cancellation, delays and changes to Your Itinerary 5.1 Your Booking is conditional on Us receiving a minimum number of tour or cruise passenger bookings to operate the Tour and ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, We may cancel or delay a scheduled Tour or Tour Departure Date. 5.2 We will endeavour to make any decision to cancel or delay a Tour or Cruise, and to notify You of that decision, at least 60 days prior to the scheduled Tour Departure Date. 5.3 If We cancel a Tour, for whatever reason, before departure: (a) We will use reasonable endeavours to offer You the closest available tour or cruise departure. If the proposed alternative tour or cruise is: (i) cheaper than Your original Tour Price, We will refund the difference to You; or (ii) more expensive than Your original Tour Price, You must pay the difference to Us; (b) if You accept the proposed alternative tour or cruise, Your Itinerary will be amended accordingly and We will give You an updated Itinerary; (c) if You do not accept the proposed alternative tour or cruise within 7 days of being notified by Us of the alternative, We will cancel Your Booking, refund to You all monies paid directly to Us and will have no further liability to You; and (d) We are not liable for any third party costs You may incur, which We have not booked on Your behalf, for example airfares or other arrangements booked independently through or paid to a travel agent. 5.4 If We delay the departure of a Tour, for whatever reason, for more than 7 days, You may terminate this Contract and We will provide You with, at Your option, either:

(a) a full refund of all amounts paid to Us; or (b) a credit towards future tours with Us which will be valid for 24 months from the date You notify Us of the termination of this Contract. 5.5 We will use reasonable endeavours to provide the Tour You have booked in accordance with Your Itinerary. However, due to the nature of travel, it may not always be possible for Us to adhere strictly to Your Itinerary and the Operator may need to make alterations to the Tour or Your Itinerary, before or after the commencement of the Tour. Where, due to circumstances outside the Operator’s control, We are unable to provide the Tour in accordance with Your Itinerary, We will use reasonable endeavours to: (a) give You reasonable notice of any alterations, but there may be circumstances beyond Our control in which alterations will be required with little, or no, advance notice; and (b) provide or arrange appropriate alternative activities, transport and accommodation as required. 5.6 The circumstances in which Your Itinerary or the Tour may be altered include: (a) high or low water levels in any river or canal; (b) lock closures, unscheduled vessel maintenance or other operational reasons; (c) road, river or weather conditions; (d) national or local holidays affecting the closure of public buildings or attractions; (e) Force Majeure Events; (f) emergency events, accidents, injuries or other incidents involving You or other passengers; and (g) any other event beyond Our control. 5.7 Alterations to Your Itinerary or the Tour may include: (a) substitution of vessels for part or the whole of a Tour; (b) cabin changes on a vessel; (c) additional embarkations and disembarkations; (d) substitution of alternate transportation, including the use of motor coaches; (e) substitution of hotel accommodation for accommodation on a vessel; (f) alterations to arrival and departure times; (g) alterations to sightseeing activities; and (h) reductions or increases in the time spent at a location. 5.8 If We or the Operator substitute any vessel, motor coach or accommodation under this clause 5, We or they will use reasonable endeavours to provide You with a substitution of equivalent specification or quality, but some services and facilities may not be available for all substitute arrangements. 5.9 Any changes to Your Itinerary will be notified to You: (a) if prior to Your Tour Departure Date, by phone, email or post using the Guest Contact Details or via Your Travel Agent; or (b) if during Your Tour, personally by Your Cruise Director or Tour Director. 5.10 To the maximum extent permitted by law, You agree that We are not liable to You for, and You release Us from, any cost, claim, loss, damage or expense whatsoever arising either directly or indirectly in connection with any alteration to Your Itinerary or substitution carried out in accordance with this clause 5, including without limitation any: (a) claim for distress, disappointment or loss of enjoyment arising from the alteration; (b) additional personal expenses incurred by You, including for food, beverages and personal items; or (c) costs associated with any other travel arrangements affected by the changes, including any costs and expenses incurred by You for cancelling or changing those other arrangements or arising from a failure to meet a connection. 6. Your Tour obligations 6.1 For the comfort and safety of You and Your fellow passengers and other people, You must follow the Tour Director’s and Cruise Director’s instructions at all times. 6.2 If We, the Cruise Director, the Tour Director or Our staff or any Service Provider consider You are negatively affecting Your own health, safety or enjoyment, or that of other passengers, including by refusing to comply with instructions of the Tour Director or the Cruise Director, We may terminate the Contract and withdraw You from the Tour with immediate effect. If it is reasonably practicable to do so, the Tour Director or Cruise Director will provide a warning to You and allow You an opportunity to rectify Your behaviour before We withdraw You from the Tour. 6.3 If You are withdrawn from the Tour under clause 6.2, You must make Your own travel and other arrangements at Your own expense and We are not liable to You for any loss, cost or damage You may suffer or incur. 6.4 You must have a valid passport with an expiry date of at least six (6) months after the last scheduled day of Your Tour. 6.5 You must ensure that You obtain prior to the Tour Departure Date all required entry visas for all countries to be visited during the Tour, as failure to obtain correct documentation may affect Your participation in certain shore excursions and entry to certain countries during the Tour. 6.6 If You do not have the correct visa or other documentation necessary to enter a country or participate in any aspect of a Tour (“Documentation”): (a) We will not refund to You all or any portion of the Tour Price; and (b) You will be responsible for any costs You incur as a result of Your failure to obtain the required Documentation, including any costs associated with re-joining the Tour. 6.7 If You are unhappy with something that does or does not happen on Your Tour, You must first use all reasonable endeavours to negotiate with Us in good faith to settle the dispute before commencing proceedings in any court or tribunal. In the first instance You should raise Your concern with the Tour Director or the Cruise Director as soon as reasonably practicable, as it may be possible for them to take steps to resolve Your concern with minimal delay. 7. Notification of General Risks 7.1 You acknowledge and agree that there are general risks associated with travelling, which are beyond Our control and We are not liable to You for any loss, cost or damage You may incur as a result of these general risks. Such general risks include: (a) Tour variations or interruptions caused by road, river or weather conditions; national or local holidays affecting the closure of public buildings and attractions; Force Majeure Events; high water levels; low water levels; flooding; lock closures; unscheduled vessel or vehicle maintenance; (b) changes to the Tour and Your Itinerary in the circumstances described in clause 5.6; (c) forces of nature; illness; flight schedule changes or cancellations; loss of luggage; epidemics or pandemics; political unrest; accidents; acts of terrorism or other criminal acts; changes to government visa or travel requirements; or (d) other circumstances beyond Our control. 7.2 You must make Your own enquiries regarding Your Tour, including being aware of any relevant government travel safety warnings. 8. Liability 8.1 Nothing in these Conditions or the Contract operates to exclude, restrict or modify the application of any provision of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), including the Australian Consumer Law, or any equivalent State or Territory legislation, the exercise of a right conferred by such a provision, or any of Our liability for breach of a guarantee, condition or warranty implied by such a provision, where it is unlawful to do so. All exclusions and limitations of Our liability under the Contract must be read subject to this clause.


China,Terms Japan,and South Conditions Korea & India 8.2 You acknowledge and agree that We accept no responsibility and will not be liable to You (or any third party) for any loss, cost or damage (including loss of enjoyment) suffered directly or indirectly in connection with: (a) any Tour risks or other aspects of the Tour disclosed to You in the Contract; (b) any change to Your Itinerary or delays in departure or arrival times of aircraft, vessels or otherwise during the conduct of the Tour; (c) any loss or damage to Your baggage or belongings; (d) any personal injury or death resulting from the acts or omissions or negligence of any third parties providing goods or services to You during the Tour, including air carriers, hotels, shore excursion operators, restaurateurs, transportation providers and medical personnel; or (e) any disappointment or loss of enjoyment due to circumstances outlined in the Contract or otherwise beyond Our control. 8.3 Subject to clause 8.1, but despite any other provision of the Contract, and to the extent permitted by law, Our maximum liability to You or any third party (including any claims of negligence by Us) is limited to the Tour Price You have paid to Us. 8.4 To the maximum extent permitted by law and subject to clause 8.1, You acknowledge and agree We are not liable to You, under any circumstances, for any loss of enjoyment, opportunity, profit, savings, revenue or interest or any other consequential or indirect, incidental, special or punitive loss, damage or expenses. 8.5 You acknowledge and agree that We are not liable for any delay or failure by Us or a Service Provider to perform Our obligations under the Contract, resulting from or as a consequence of a Force Majeure Event. 8.6 If a delay or failure occurs or is anticipated due to Force Majeure Event, Our obligations are suspended for the duration of the Force Majeure Event. 8.7 We may immediately terminate the Contract, if the Force Majeure Event delays performance of the Tour for a period of 7 days or more, calculated from the date We notify You of the Force Majeure Event. 8.8 To the extent permitted by law, all express or implied warranties, guarantees, representations, or terms are expressly excluded. Where the law implies any guarantee, condition or warranty which cannot be excluded, Our liability to You for breach of such an implied guarantee, condition or warranty is limited, to one or more of the following: (a) in the case of goods: the repair of goods, replacement of goods, the supply of equivalent goods or the cost of repair, replacement or supply of equivalent goods; or (b) in the case of services: supplying the services again or payment of the cost of supplying the services again. 8.9 Subject to clause 8.1, You acknowledge and agree that where Your Tour, any part of Your Tour, accommodation, flights or any other good or service are not directly provided by Us, but is provided by a Service Provider, in the event of any dispute or claim including for loss, damage, breach of contract or negligence arising from the conduct of the Service Provider, You must pursue Your claim directly against the relevant Service Provider. 9. Privacy and Data Protection 9.1 In order for Us to process Your Booking and provide the Tour to You, You will need to provide to Us, and We will need to use Personal Information. We will need to provide Your Personal Information to Service Providers, as well as customs and immigration authorities. We may also provide Your personal Information to security and credit checking organisations. Some of the persons to whom We provide Your Personal Information are located overseas, including in countries that may not provide the same level of protection of Personal Information as Australia. By making a Booking You give Us Your consent to use and disclose Your Personal Information in the manner described in this clause 9.1. 9.2 We may also use Your name and the Guest Contact Details for marketing purposes, unless You tell Us that You do not want Us to do so. You may do this by contacting the Customer Service Contact Address. 9.3 We will otherwise deal with Your Personal Information in accordance with Our Privacy Policy, which can be found on Our Website or provided on request. 10. General Provisions 10.1 We may only waive a right or remedy created under these Conditions in writing. Our delay in exercising a right or remedy does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy, nor does any waiver by Us (either wholly or in part) operate as a subsequent waiver of the same or any other right. 10.2 The Contract is governed by the laws in force in New South Wales. 10.3 The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales and any courts competent to hear appeals from those courts. 10.4 Any term which is, by its nature, intended to survive termination of the Contract survives termination. 10.5 In these Conditions, unless the context otherwise indicates a contrary intention: (a) headings are for convenience only and do not affect interpretation; (b) singular includes the plural and vice versa; (c) a reference to a party includes its successors, permitted assigns, administrators and substitutes; (d) where a word or phrase is defined, its other grammatical forms have the corresponding meaning; (e) the word ‘include’ in any form is not a word of limitation; (f) no rules of construction apply to Our disadvantage on the basis that these Conditions or the Contract were prepared by Us; (g) a reference to a natural person includes their personal representatives; and (h) a reference to a body (including institute, association or authority) which ceases to exist or whose powers or functions are transferred to another body is a reference to the body which replaces it or which substantially succeeds to its powers or functions. 10.6 The Tour Brochure is valid for Tour Departure Dates during the Validity Period unless otherwise indicated in Your Itinerary, and supersedes all previous brochures. 11. Important notices about Your Tour 11.1 Tour Participation (a) Special needs: We welcome You if You have a disability or other special need, provided You are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all the assistance You require. Please note that although We will use reasonable endeavours to provide You with all the activities on Your Itinerary, depending on Your disability, You may not be able to participate in every activity and the Tour Director or Cruise Director will have the right to refuse Your participation if the Tour Director or Cruise Director believes Your health and safety or the health and safety of any other person may be impacted by Your participation. You must advise Us (or Your travel agent) of any disability, medical condition or dietary requirement at the time of Booking. (b) Facilities: It is important to note that: (i) some cruise ships do not have elevators, and ships that are equipped with elevators may not have elevator access to all decks; (ii) wheelchair passengers should be aware that cabin doors, rest rooms and corridors may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs; (iii) requests for disabled rooms must be made at the time of Booking and are subject to availability; (iv) for safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on boarding ramps (which may be steep due to water levels) whilst the vessel is tied up or at anchor, or on to motor coaches; and (v) wheelchairs and walkers can be carried in the luggage compartment of motorcoaches subject to space limitations. (c) Our discretion: We may, in Our absolute discretion, decline Your Booking if We are of the view that: (i) We cannot adequately provide for any or all of Your special needs; (ii) Your health, safety or enjoyment, or that of any other passengers attending the Tour may be at risk; or (iii) You cannot or will not abide by any reasonable directions of the Tour Director or Cruise Director.

11.2 Cruises If Your Tour includes a Cruise, the following provisions apply: (a) Deckplan: The deck plan, cabin sizes, images, inclusions and layout in the Tour Brochure are indicative only and may vary. Pictured representations of cabins or rooms in Tour Brochures are not drawn to scale. (b) Cruise Cabins: Your Tour Price is based on the Cabin category indicated in the Tour Brochure. Upgrades are subject to availability and will be at an additional cost. (c) Shore Excursions: Shore excursions provided by independent third-party Service Providers are at Your own expense and can be purchased prior to Your Tour Departure Date. We recommend booking shore excursions at least 120 days prior to Your Tour Departure Date. (d) Photography: Our tours offer some of the most spectacular and beautiful photographic scenery in the world. However, We cannot guarantee that every scene or highlighted featured in a Tour Brochure or Itinerary will be available on each Tour. No refund or other compensation will be available for any resulting missed scene or photographic “opportunity”. (e) Smoking: Smoking is limited to designated smoking areas during Your Tour. (i) You acknowledge that We may restrict smoking to specific times and locations during Your Cruise for the comfort of all passengers. (ii) Smoking is not permitted on coaches or such other places as nominated by Us from time to time. (iii) Although We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure there are opportunities for You to smoke during the Tour, We cannot guarantee such opportunities will be available. (f) Noise, vibration and odour: While the Operators take reasonable steps to minimise noise, vibration and odours on the cruise vessels, You acknowledge and accept that some noise, vibration and intermittent odours may be experienced on vessels, and that We accept no responsibility, and will not be liable to You in relation to any such noise, vibration or odour. (g) Docking Position: During port stops, vessels may dock side by side, obstructing views and requiring You to pass through other vessels to embark and disembark. You agree and acknowledge that You will have no claim in respect of any such matters. (h) Medical Services: (i) The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer carries an on-call doctor on board, however medical services will be at Your own expense. (ii) Due to the large number of passengers on board, We cannot provide a personal escort for medical visits. (iii) We are not, and our Service Providers and the Operators are not, liable regarding the provision of any medical care You may require or choose to accept during your Tour. (i) Currency and credit cards (i) All purchases on board a charge to Your shipboard account. The on-board currency on river cruises is the US dollars. (ii) Shipboard accounts may be paid by US dollars or credit card. (j) Internet Service: Internet facilities are available on board your ship at no additional charge. (i) Complimentary Internet service does not apply to any third-party suppliers. (ii) Internet availability and quality may vary from country to country and can also be affected by technical issues, weather or unfavourable terrain and other factors outside Our control. (iii) We do not guarantee the availability or quality of Internet connections or services. 11.3 Coaches (a) Seat rotation: To ensure all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy front and window seats, a daily seat rotation system is employed on all of Our coaches and You must follow the seat rotation system. (b) Travel sickness: If You suffer from travel sickness, You should arrange medication or other alternatives to treat symptoms, as We cannot make allowances for this. 12. Additional Important Information 12.1 Air Travel and baggage (a) Airfare Conditions (i) All airfares are subject to availability and conditions apply. (ii) Our reservations consultant will book an appropriate fare for Your Tour. (iii) Some discounted airfares have conditions which make them unsuitable to be used in conjunction with Our tours. Full details and conditions may be obtained from Our reservations consultant or Your travel agent. If You have any questions or concerns please contact Our reservations consultant or Your travel agent. (iv) Airfares booked as part of Your Tour will be through an appropriate route although may not be a direct flight; some included flights are unescorted. If You request a customised route or direct flight You will be responsible for all additional costs. (v) Depending on departure date and time of booking the required booking class for airfare offer may be too far in advance to book with the appropriate airline. If the required booking class is unavailable air surcharges may apply. The flight quote including air taxes and surcharges will be confirmed once all air sectors are booked and confirmed. (vi) Taxes are defined as all airline and government taxes and surcharges. Taxes are subject to change and will be advised at the time of flight reservation. (vii) All flights are subject to schedule changes and class downgrades as determined by the operating airline. You acknowledge and agree that We accept no responsibility and will not be liable to You for any costs associated with these changes. (viii) All airfares are subject to availability and scheduled for travel to meet the Tour Departure Dates set out in the Tour Brochure. Any requests outside of the tour dates may incur seasonal surcharges as enforced by the airline. (b) Airport Transfers (i) Airport transfers are only available on the first and last day of Your Tour and at times We designate. Transfers outside these times will be at Your expense and must be secured by Your own arrangements. (ii) Passengers who have purchased Our pre and post Tour hotel accommodation and airfares will be provided airport transfers to/from their hotel in the Tour start or end city only, on the day of the pre or post accommodation booking. (iii) If You do not book Your flights with Us, You must ensure Your flight details are provided to Us at least 60 days before the Tour Departure Date by: (a) entering Your flight details at the trip personaliser on the Website; or (b) contacting Us at the Customer Service Contact Address. (iv) No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be routed to other pick-up points or destinations. (v) If You miss the pre-booked transfer You will be responsible for making Your own way to the Tour departure point, at Your own expense. (vi) Unless expressly stated in Your Itinerary, airport transfers may be group transfers scheduled to coincide with multiple flight arrival and departure times. Private transfers, including Royal Suites transfer are not available in all locations. Please enquire for further details. (c) Carriers: The carriers (including airlines, rail and sea carriers used in association with the tours) are not responsible for statements or features in Tour Brochures. The conditions of sale of each carrier constitute a separate contract between You and the carrier and We have no responsibility in relation to contracts between You and the carriers. (d) Luggage (i) Tour participants are entitled to one suitcase per person. Your suitcase must not exceed 76 x 53 x 28cms (30’’ x 21’’x 11’’) and must not weigh more than 23kg (50lbs). (ii) Airline passengers should consult with their airline as size and weight

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restrictions may vary from airline to airline and also according to the class booked. (iii) It is Your responsibility to ensure Your luggage complies with these requirements and You acknowledge that We, contracted carriers or Service Providers may elect not to carry overweight items. (iv) You will be responsible for any excess baggage charges. 12.2 Sightseeing, Excursions and Special Activities on Tour (a) Sightseeing: Sightseeing in many historic towns and cities can only be undertaken by walking tours as motorcoach access is not possible. Consequently, a reasonable level of fitness is required as the sightseeing tour may involve steps and extensive walking over uneven surfaces. (b) Mountain Excursions: Some tours include mountain excursions involving high altitudes. Please consult with Your doctor to ensure that You have an adequate level of fitness and are in good health before participating in these excursions. (c) Scenic Freechoice: All Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Freechoice Dining can be booked whilst on Tour with Your Cruise Director or Tour Director (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability, seasonal and operational factors. Some activities require a minimum or maximum number of participants to operate. (d) Scenic Enrich: It may not always be possible to offer every Scenic Enrich activity in the Tour Brochure on Your Tour. Wherever possible, suitable alternatives will be provided without liability to You. 12.3 Passenger Requirements (a) Special Diets: You must advise Us in writing of any and all special requests and dietary requirements at the time of Booking. We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate Your dietary requests but cannot guarantee that such requests can be met. (b) Vaccinations: It is Your responsibility to ensure You have all required vaccinations for Your Tour and We recommend You refer to www. smarttraveller.gov.au for full details and also consult Your doctor. (c) Medical Conditions: We strongly recommend a visit to Your doctor prior to Your tour. (d) Solo Passengers and Single Accommodation (i) Prices quoted in Tour Brochures are on a twin share basis. If Your Booking is not a twin share booking We will notify You of the applicable single supplement rate (Single Supplement Rate), and You must pay the Single Supplement Rate for the Tour, at the time of Booking. (ii) If You are willing to share a room with another single traveller of the same gender, You must pay the Single Supplement Rate and we will use reasonable endeavours to match You with another single traveller of the same gender, but we cannot guarantee availability. If we are able to match You with another traveller and You remain matched throughout the entire Tour, You will be refunded Your single supplement rate within 2 weeks of tour completion. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of the allocated rooming partner. (iii) If at any time during the Tour, You consider Your rooming partner unsuitable, You must notify Us and We will use reasonable endeavours to arrange single accommodation for You for the remainder of the Tour, subject to availability, and at Your own cost. (iv) A limited number of single rooms and/or cabins are available at a Single Supplement Rate for each Tour. In some locations, single rooms are smaller than twin rooms and may not be available. You acknowledge that if there is no availability of single accommodation for the remainder of the Tour, You will be required to continue to share with Your nominated rooming partner for the remainder of the Tour. (e) Young Passengers: (i) Passengers under the age of 21 years (as at the Tour Departure Date) must be accompanied by an adult and share their accommodation with an adult. (ii) Children under the age of 12 years are not encouraged (with the exception of Christmas tours and Cruises) and are accepted or rejected at Our sole discretion. 12.4 Maps, Pictures and Images (a) Maps: Maps or tour depictions contained in Tour Brochures or any other brochures We issue are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon as the actual route to be taken during the Tour. (b) Images: All images in Tour Brochures represent typical scenes and descriptive detail for each tour, however it is possible that the particular subject matter may not be seen or experienced on Your Tour. Also, some pictures may have been digitally enhanced. 12.5 Hotel Accommodation (a) Substitution: We may substitute hotel accommodation of a similar standard in the place of the advertised hotel due to hotel availability issues. Any changes will be notified once confirmed with the hotel. (b) Responsibility: Although We have taken reasonable steps to secure the most suitable hotel accommodation in the area of the Tour, We are not liable to You for the quality, size or fitness of hotel rooms. 12.6 Deposit Protection Plan Our Deposit Protection Plan is available at a cost of $125 per person per Tour excluding Russian cruises and Russian cruises and tours. The cost is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of Booking Your Tour. The Deposit Protection Plan does not, nor is it intended to, replace travel insurance. Details and terms and conditions of the Deposit Protection Plan are available on Our Website. 13. Contact Details 13.1 To make, change or cancel a Booking or to make any enquiries regarding a Booking or to otherwise give Us any notice in accordance with the Contract, You should contact Our customer service centre as follows: Email: info@scenic.com.au Telephone: 138 128 Postal: PO Box 807, Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia This is the Customer Service Contact Address. 13.2 Our customer service centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday (excluding public holidays in New South Wales) (Sydney time). Although We hope You won’t need it, Our afterhours emergency number when calling in Australia is freecall 1800 620 105. Other emergency contact details are included in Your travel documents. 13.3 If You need to contact Us during Your Tour, We recommend that if it is practicable to do so, in the first instance You should try to contact the Tour Director or Cruise Director. Depending on the purpose of Your contact, they may be able to assist You, but otherwise they may direct You to contact Our customer service centre. 13.4 We will use the Guest Contact Details if We need to contact You before the Tour Departure Date. It is therefore very important that You keep the Guest Contact Details up to date and notify Us immediately of any changes. To update Your Guest Contact Details, please contact Us at the Customer Service Contact Address. 14. Destination Specific Terms 14.1 Medical Conditions: We strongly recommend a visit to Your doctor prior to Your Tour. If you are over 70 at the Tour Departure Date and travelling to Tibet You must provide Us a doctor’s letter confirming You are fit and healthy to take part in the specific Tour/journey. 14.2 Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS): Some locations in China and Tibet are 2800 meters or higher above sea level which may result in AMS caused by lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Please consult Your doctor before departure to ensure you have an adequate level of fitness and health. 14.3 Visas: A visa is required to visit China and India and must be obtained prior to departure.


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CHINA Beijing Chinese Cooking Class

Wander the bustling morning markets, shop for fresh ingredients. Then, enjoy a fun, hands-on cooking class with lunch.

Chinese Calligraphy

Each guest is different, so we appreciate that you may want to move at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll want to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo, or simply unwind throughout. We’ve divided our extensive list of Scenic Freechoice activities into active, moderate and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests.

Norbulingka and Chakpori

Explore the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama, with its parks and gardens and visit the Chakpori Thousand Buddha cliff stone carvings.

Anitsamkung Nunnery

The only nunnery in Lhasa, it is a peaceful place for studying Buddhism. Sit down at a tea house to taste tea and mingle with local people.

At a local home in the old town, learn the ageold art of writing calligraphy, considered both a high art form and a philosophy.

Shanghai

Temple of Heaven

Discover China’s 5,000-year history at the museum, then drive through the French Concession District. Finish at Xintiandi, an area characterised by 1920s-style shikumen buildings transformed into trendy clubs, restaurants and boutiques.

Visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven and surrounding parklands, used by local people for socialising, exercise and relaxation.

Peking Opera (Evening)

Attend the 200-year-old Peking Opera for music, vocals, mime, dance and acrobatics.

The Legend of Kung Fu (Evening)

Appreciate a martial arts spectacular of Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics.

Guangzhou

Active – For those keen to explore further afield or take part in more energetic excursions such as visiting Drepung Monastery.

Historic Shanghai

Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town

With a history of over 1,700 years, discover old bridges across bubbling streams and ancient temples.

Huangpu River Cruise

Cruise on Huangpu River to see the Shanghai’s amazing skyline from the water.

JAPAN Tokyo

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Moderate – Explore Zhujiajiao water town by foot and boat. Relaxed – A slower pace to enjoy a cooking class, the Peking Opera, a light and sound show or the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Canton Tower Bubble Tram Canton’s European History

Wander through the historical Yuexiu Park, known for its ecological tourism and cultural relics, and the colonial Shamian Island, once the port for Canton’s foreign trade.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Visit the Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the big house of Xiguan, one of the best examples of traditional wealthy homes in Canton.

Canton Tower

Ride to the top of Canton Tower’s observation deck and for those a little more game, ride in the Bubble Tram with amazing views over the city from the top of the building.

Lhasa Drepung Monastery B

A Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan B Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Discover the largest monastery in Tibet, founded in the 15th century and once housing up to 10,000 monks.

Shibuya Crossing Cultural Shinjuku and Gyoen Gardens

Stroll through Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens, one of the most beautiful areas for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Visit Shinjuku’s shopping and entertainment districts.

Meiji Shrine and Shibuya Crossing

Explore the tranquil evergreen forest of the Meiji Shrine complex, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya.


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Osaka Historical Osaka

Learn about the history of the area by visiting the Museum of History and Osaka Castle. Originally built in the late 16th century, but due to war and fires has been rebuilt many times.

Osaka Walking Tour

NORTH INDIA Khajuraho

Discover Mysore’s specialties on a walking tour through this vibrant 125-year-old market.

Kochi Kerala Cooking Demonstration Traditional Dance Experience a light and sound show at the World Heritage-listed Khajuraho Temples.

Traditional Dance

Witness a performance of folk dances from different states of India.

Udaipur Cultural Walk

Take a walk through the winding and busy streets to discover hidden quarters of this romantic city.

Ancient Kyoto

Devaraja Markets

Learn about the ancient Indian card game and the skilled artisans hand-painting these cards.

Sound and Light Show

Kyoto

Mysore

Ganjifa Artisans

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After catching the Metro, walk through Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue, a 600 metre roofed arcade of countless shops, perfect for those last minute gift purchases. Move to the nearby Kuromon Ichiba Market. An excellent location for strolling, sampling, and snacking on a delicious variety of fresh market foods.

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Visit a local market to buy fresh produce and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking.

Yoga Workshop

Learn the art of deep breathing and stretch away aches and pains at a yoga workshop.

Kumbalanghi Excursion

Visit Kumbalanghi Fishing Village and try your hand at traditional fishing techniques and local crafts.

Kumarakom

City Palace Tour

Ancient Kyoto

Revel in the atmosphere of Kyoto’s ancient preservation districts on the southern Higashiyama walk, strolling through Ishibei Koji, Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka lanes.

Philosopher’s Walk

Explore the maze of stairs, corridors and themed rooms that is the City Palace and gaze at the view over the white city. Walk down to the nearby Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Varanasi

Visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, one of Kyoto’s best known spots for cherry trees, particularly beautiful during blossom season.

Yoga Class

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For a unique insight into local worship, visit a Shiva Temple to witness a ritual to appease the Great God Shiva.

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Busan

Your private teacher will guide you through gentle moves for a healthy mind and body.

Prayer in a Shiva Temple

SOUTH INDIA Chennai

Traditional Ayurveda Massage Philip Kutty’s Farm Visit

Experience how the locals farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking demonstration and lunch.

Traditional Ayurveda Massage

At the spa at your hotel, the Coconut Lagoon, relax with a 45 minute full body Ayurveda massage.

Periyar Nature Walk

Enjoy an early morning guided nature walk to see the forest in the morning light.

Farm Tour & Sightseeing by Jeep

Take a guided tour through lush hills, spice farms to panoramic views over Tamil Nadu.

Gamcheon Culture Village Gamcheon Culture Village

Trichy

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Wander through Gamcheon Culture Village, once a poor mountainside community that has been transformed into an art hotspot. The area is known for its steep streets, twisting alleys, incredible art pieces, jaw-dropping views and brightly painted houses, which have been restored and enhanced in recent years.

Taejongdae Park Rocky Cliff

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Ride the Danubi Train around Taejongdae Rocky Cliff Park, famous for its seascapes of steep rocky cliffs and the rock beach. The train route has five stops for various lookouts, including the Yeongdo lighthouse.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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Visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a seaside Buddhist temple originally built in 1376 and rebuilt in 1930 dedicated to the goddess of Buddha. The temple offers beautiful views over the sea. You will need to climb down the symbolic 108 steps to arrive at the main temple.

Kanchipuram Excursion Colonial Madras

Take a walking tour around Colonial Madras visiting the heart of Georgetown and discover its markets, heritage buildings and colonial laneways.

Kanchipuram Excursion

Tour Kanchipuram, ‘city of a thousand temples’, one of India’s seven holy Hindu cities.

Chennai Markets

Visit a local Indian market to shop for your ingredients before undertaking a cooking lesson on local dishes.

Srirangam Temples Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort

Climb the many stairs of Rock Fort, a historic fortification and temple complex for expansive views overlooking the city.

Srirangam Temples

Visit the island and temples of Srirangam, with the world’s biggest working Hindu temple.


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CHINA Beijing

Jiuzhaigou Simmer

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Simmer, a name taken from the broth simmering in a metal pot, serves a variety of authentic Chinese hot pot dishes and also has a juice bar. Enjoy a Chinese set menu dinner in a social and interactive setting of Simmer.

Open Lost Heaven Lost Heaven

Enjoy a contemporary Asian restaurant which brings the diversity of Chinese Yunnan, Burmese and Thai food to your plate.

NEW

Enjoy a fresh, urban approach to dining with an international buffet dinner at Open with its exciting live cooking stations making an engaging atmosphere to dine in.

Lhasa

The Exchange at Pan Pacific

Indulge in an array of international buffet options and modern Asian specialities.

Chengdu

Tibetan Thukpa Altitude at Shangri-La Lhasa

Shang Palace Shang Palace

Offering some of the city’s finest Cantonese and Sichuan dishes, at the Shangri-La Chengdu.

Mooney’s Restaurant

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A Basil Leaf Asian Restaurant, Lijiang, China B Takoyaki, Japan C Giardino Italian, Jaipur, India D The Rice Boat, Kochi, India

Features live cooking stations that offer a variety of international cuisine such as Tibetan, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Cantonese and Sichuan dishes.

Shang Palace

Dine on outstanding Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine in a stylish and intimate setting.

Lijiang

An Irish pub themed restaurant offering Westernstyle meals. Choose from grilled Australian beef ribs, fish steaks and wagyu beef hamburgers. Mooney’s Bar provides live music every night.

Basil Leaf Asian Restaurant

Café Z

Seven Colours Chinese Restaurant

Relish the array of flavours such as Indian, Middle Eastern, South American, Asian, local and international cuisines, at nine open food theatres where you can watch the chefs at work.

Serves a choice of traditional Brazilian Churrasco offering roast meats, hot and cold buffets and South East Asian à la carte. Showcases authentic Cantonese cuisine with signature Yunnan and Sichuan specialties in an opulent and elegant dining experience at the InterContinental Lijiang.


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JAPAN Kyoto

Vert Bois Shinensen Heihachi Shinensen Heihachi

Vert Bois

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Experience authentic French cuisine overlooking the stunning scenery of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji. A true way to enjoy the resort experience.

Japanese cuisine, famous for the thickest noodles in Japan. Hot pot noodles are cooked at your table. Tsutsuji no Chaya NEW Indulge in a variety of traditional kaiseki Japanese Fortune Garden delicacies with an array of seasonal selections Built in 1927 by architect Goichi Takeda, and presented beautifully in this calm Japanese featuring an internal atrium with garden and restaurant. Soak in the breathtaking surroundings koi pond, Fortune Garden offers world-class of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji. international dishes.

SOUTH KOREA Busan NEW

Takayama

Italian Fine Dining

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NEW

Sample the cuisine specialties of Busan at Daedo restaurant. Experience the finest cuts of cube steak, sirloin and rib eye or the famous pan fried tender beef roll.

Shabushabu Le Midi

Savour French cuisine with a Japanese twist at this French-inspired bistro famed for Hida Beef. A scenic Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery. Try shabushabu, sukiyaki or steak from locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

With your Tour Director, sample a Yakitori and Kushiyaki dinner over some drinks at a selection of small local bars. A chance to mingle and dine in a traditional Japanese way.

1135 @ Amer Fort

Experience Amer Fort in a different light, by dining at the restaurant located in the fort. Enjoy the best Italian cuisine in Jaipur at the charming open-air restaurant located at the poolside of your hotel.

Jaisalmer Nosh at Suryagarh

Relax in airy comfort while sampling international or Indian cuisine inspired by local food.

Legends of Marwad

Dine on Rajasthani cuisine inspired by medieval hunts, court kitchens and secrets of the Silk Road.

This all-day diner offers a variety of cuisines from both East and West as well as soothing views of the backwaters and lush gardens.

The Rice Boat

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Izakaya Nightlife

Learn about Indian cuisine during a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family.

The Pepper

Tokyo This popular but unusual restaurant has an underlying ninja theme to create a memorable dining experience with ninja themed Japanese food and surrounds. Throughout the evening, the ninjas ensure that you are kept entertained with various table side demonstrations and magic tricks.

Dinner with the locals

SOUTH INDIA Kochi

Hida Takayama Sakana

Ninja Akasaka

Jaipur

Giardino Italian

Enjoy fine dining of Italian cuisine at the converted art gallery with a view, Kitchen Dongbaek. Choose from Italian classical style of à la carte menu. The best Italian in Busan, Buona petitto!

Korean delicacies

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This seafood specialty restaurant offers décor inspired by a traditional Kettuvallam rice boat.

Daedo restaurant

NORTH INDIA Agra

Dolphins Point

Bellevue

Chennai

Dolphins Point multi-cuisine barbeque and grill – a charming outdoor restaurant by the bayside.

The main hotel restaurant featuring a buffet of both local Indian and international specialities.

C’est Chine

Tickle your taste buds with exciting concoctions of exotic spices and ingredients as you relish tastefully prepared authentic Chinese cuisine at Jaypee Palace.

Indian BBQ

With a live grill at the table, feast on fresh skewers of kababs and more at Bon Barbeque.

China XO Jamavar

Enjoy fine dining on authentic Indian cuisine, sourced from all over the country.

China XO

From spicy Szechuan beef and Cantonese chicken to Beijing-style noodles or Peking duck, the China XO offers a true mixture of cuisines from China.

Spectra

An informal restaurant with a multi-buffet concept that offers global cuisines from Europe, Japan, India, South East Asia and the Middle East.

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